Tom Hell, St. Joseph
The half-cent sales tax for St. Joseph comes up in November. It seems it’s a foregone conclusion the community will pass this bill. From what I understand, the monies generated fund projects that benefit a small group of people. It’s easy to understand those who routinely use the airport, aquatic center or regional trails benefit by the tax. As do other interest groups, as we see the Splash Pad Committee is drooling over this tax. It’s shrouded in rhetoric that everyone benefits. The truth is, most of the citizens do not benefit.
Before you vote to pass this tax “For the next 20 Years,” understand this tax not only affects the quart of oil you buy at the local Hardware store – it also affects your monthly bills – like cable, phone, gas, propane, electric, cell phone and even an online purchase that asks for your zip code for delivery – not to mention a major purchase such as an appliance or leasing a car.
So think about it, before you vote to fund the special-interest groups’ pet projects, that should be paid for with user fees and donations, not more taxes.