@thatguyagain -- I do agree that many of those opposing the Transformation Tax simply do not want to pay more taxes and are not fully informed of what the tax will provide. But those people are entitled to their opinion to simply not want more taxes. Those people don't need a reason. And I understand their sentiment.....we're taxed to death at this point. But you have to give credit to the people who have truly tried to get behind this project, such as myself, for trying to justify the increase at a time when the average citizen is not up to par with the purchasing and spending power they once had. Do I think portions of the proposed projects (say that five times fast!!) are great and should be presented at a time in the future, yes wholeheartedly!! But I think right now there's a big elephant in the room and it's called "bad timing". I also have to agree with JCLifer that until we can take care of what we already have, we shouldn't proceed to add more. Thank you for responding though...I think it's good that everybody gets to see both sides!
@tonto_goldberg -- Thank you for proving what I stated above which is that anybody who is promoting the Transformation Tax seems to think that anybody who opposes it doesn't understand or is somehow misinformed about what the tax is going to achieve. Did you ever think that maybe the people who oppose the tax actually DO understand what the tax is for and STILL don't agree with it? I'm not going to mud sling as you just did....because whether you know it or not, your words just spoke volumes about you as well. Moving on....I by no means think that the proposed projects are bad ideas. Making Capital Avenue look nicer isn't a bad thing....neither is working towards increasing foot traffic at the Capital Mall......neither are many of the other projects that the Transformation Tax may/will accomplish. But the question is, do you honestly think that right now is a good time to raise taxes? Honestly? The best thing that Jefferson City can do right now is let the citizens breathe for a minute. No more proposed tax increases. No more rate hikes on their sewer and basic utilities. Can the powers that be just let everybody catch up and get back on their feet to where the majority of citizens are back at the spending power that they used to be? That's when you're going to see business revenues increase.....
@thatguyagain -- Why do you assume that people who oppose the Transformation Tax are uniformed and haven't done their research? That's extremely presumptious on your part and highlights the mentality of many of those promoting this tax increase. If somebody doesn't agree with you it must be because they're uneducated, uninformed, or haven't researched the issue. EVERY SINGLE PERSON that has debated with me on this issue has made one or all of those critical statements. You sir made two of those assumptions in your post above. Well I'm very educated, well informed of the goings on in this community and I've also researched this proposed tax (along with many other proposed taxes in the past few years). Even with all of that I am still 100% OPPOSED to the increased Sales Tax. Regardless of what you believe, even well informed people think raising taxes during a recession is a ridiculous idea. I highly doubt that driving down Capital Ave and seeing the new streetlights that my money paid for will really make me feel any better when I'm paying more at the cash register.
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