Voters chose well to turn down tax increases
November 19, 2013
To the Editor:
Some folks think the failure to pass ballot measures to increase local and state taxes reflects poorly on our community. I’d say just the opposite. It reflects well on the insight of most in the community and reflects poorly on our governments.
It is said that one must lead, follow or get out of the way. Our White House doesn’t do any of the above, so the economy flounders and all of us and other governments suffer. Leadership is totally lacking — all we get is campaigning.
Most folks realize that the economy is poor and that tax increases are not the way to better financial health for the community. They realize that ObamaCare is coming at them full steam (unless the train wrecks) with its monumental tax increases (the Supreme Court said it’s a tax).They realize that a few poor years could be erased by a few good years and that increasing taxes forever is not the solution.
At the state level it isn’t clear how the Constitutional Amendment is going to help students if at all. Folks know that nothing will prevent the funds from being used to shore up the failing state government employee retirement program called PERA, and none may get to the student.
Thus when the people are given a choice in bad times they say no to more taxes. Especially no to “increases,” knowing that property values will rebound and knowing that iPads can wait. Especially when it isn’t evident that teachers have settled on what apps they will use in classrooms. Especially when it is a 61 percent increase in taxes.
Let’s thank the County Commissioners who had the good sense not to seek tax increases but continue to stay within budget, and half of the people who didn’t vote but follow.
So change is here — let the leaders lead, the followers follow and hope that the federal government gets out of the way.
Winter Park Highlands