Your Opinion: ‘Transformation’ tax opposed

Dear Editor:

Every Jefferson City taxpayer and voter should oppose the half-cent sales tax as proposed by the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce.

At a time when 50 percent of all households in our city qualify for reduced cost school lunches, the Chamber of Commerce has figured out a new play that will result in some unneeded misery in already tight family budgets.

The ploy works like this: the Chamber of Commerce needs some quick cash to fund its pet projects, which include the unneeded and worthless convention center. Fearful that a direct vote on the convention center would lose in a regular November election, the chamber “loads the dice” by getting a misnamed “transformation tax” put on the February ballot, when few voters are paying attention. If it passes there will be no possibility of the voters stopping the tax anytime during its 10-year life.

A further ploy is to create a fake “appointed” (read unelected) board to dole out the tax money to the chamber’s pet projects. This ploy relieves the City Council and the Chamber of Commerce of any responsibility when the projects fail and lose money.

The City Council is responsible for managing our tax expenditures, not a sham unelected board stuffed with Chamber of Commerce cronies. The council has failed its duties to the citizens. The bill to create this tax has no provisions for yearly audits. The possibilities for corruption are endless.

We are taxed enough. Vote no.

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