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Some three decades ago the Town approached the County with the idea of a shared county sales tax. After much discussion and finding little downside, the tax idea was given to the voters who approved it.
A major benefit in the joint sales tax is the elimination of the competition of each entity vying for their own tax. That competition would only have lead to increased taxes for everyone. This agreement has served both entities very well.
The Town and County both depend upon this sales tax to do the business of serving its citizens. The Town operates almost exclusively on their half (two percent) of this sales tax.
Concerning the proposed new one percent tax: This represents a fifty percent increase in the Town’s income, with no increase for the county, which will be dedicated solely to recreation. Would any responsible family, if offered a fifty percent one time increase in their income for the next twenty to twenty five years, spend it only on recreation? Might they consider their mortgage, home repairs, children’s education, or retirement? Why should government act any less responsibly than a family?
To jeopardize this longtime, successful and beneficial relationship with the County for this ill-timed and ill-conceived notion of a recreation center today is simply wrong. A no vote on the recreation center proposal is the responsible thing to do.