Sounds like to me you all live out in the county trying to pose as city residents, I support my fire department and welcome the property tax reduction. I would much rather pay this sales tax than the transformation tax any day of the week. Oh buy the way my neighbor was having a heart attack and guess who shows up first? No your wrong.... It was the fire dept.
I think you have potentially two choices, one support a sensible sales tax that helps the community as whole. It helps sure up deficiencies in the fire dept that have not been funded as a priority. Or you can vote no and wait until the Chamber of Commerce comes back with a scale back, still a 1/2 cent sales tax. These projects will still have to be funded and maintained from here to eternity. At least the 1/4 cent fire dept improvement tax helps the whole county in a sense of, if you as cole county resident shops in J.C. and you have a emergency ie medical or car accident ect. you will receive better services because the fire dept. will be better trained and equipped. Having a better trained better equipped also helps the county fibre depts if J.C. Fire is ever calles to assist the county such as mutual aid. As a county resident I think I get more bang for my buck with 1/4 cent fire dept. improvement sale tax.
A lot of you folks complain about people being on welfare but a lot of you want what I would call emergency services welfare. You want the services but do not want to pay for them, hmmm. If you have an emergency inside the city limits who do you think responds it is not your county volunteer fire dept. it is the Jefferson City Fire Dept. Oh by the way I live inside the city limits and as I recall I pay a 1/2 cent county improvement sales tax and a 1/2 cent law in forcemeat tax none of which helps repair my roads or improves my police protection.
It is about time that the council put a tax issue on the ballot that benefits everyone in our community, especially the ones who come to work, shop or visit. It is still clear that councilman Schultee and Brey prefer the Chamber of Commerce agenda than that of the people. They basically voted to keep higher taxes for me. I prefer to have my property taxes lowered because I can control my spending habits with a sales tax. And plus it is not going to really effect my net bottom line. And the people that are complaining about this sales tax but supported the Chambers it will be an average of .29 cents a day just using the same logic they did on their campaign what can you buy for .29 cents a day. The Chambers was .61 cents a day. It is my responsibility as a tax payer to support our public safety as much as possible and if this can help my fire department get to me quicker, better trained and equipped I support them. Count me as Yes.
Tifandtap you guys just don't get it, if you come into Jefferson City and have a heart attack or stroke or fall when you are shopping here who do you think comes and gives you care its not your county fire dept. it is the J.C. Fire dept. I am so tired of hearing you guys whine and whine about paying for something just because you may not use it. I would rather pay lower property taxes and have every one who shops pay a little extra in sales taxes to help cover the cost of free loaders. As far as going to shop some where else go ahead and spend more in gas than you would with a1/4 cent sales tax, that makes a lot of sense. I am so tired of my fellow county residents being type castes as freeloaders wanting everything for nothing.
What about our county taxes thanks to our so called conservative county commissioners like Ellinger and Wrigley those two have raised our taxes three times. Those guys need to thrown out.
The transformation tax, is appropriately named, it's going to transform money out of my pocket into a select few peoples pockets. Mainly uptown businesses are the ones that are going to profit. Why are my tax dollars going to fund for profit ventures, that is economic socialism? This is a prime example of who really runs our community the JC chamber of commerce who has the city council bought and paid for. Even this news paper ran all these basically free advertising campaigns to run up this grand scheme. I thought this paper was a conservative publishing, and they run a few anti tax letters but you wait and see two weeks before the election it will be all positive spin and they will come out and urge the voters to support it. There is no accountability from the council to the voters, this board will be made up with no elected officials serving on it, how convenient. It's going to be a chamber bought and paid for board. It's a sham.
Well, rmsberengaria since you love to research history take a look at our MO state constitution it does specifically state that employees shall have the right to bargain collectively. I believe it is wrong for our federal government to say to the private sector that you can not discriminate or threaten against employees who want to have union representation. But we as the federal government do not have to be held to the same standard for it's employees. That is fundamentally and ethically wrong. What is happening in Wis. goes well beyond just trying to balance a budget. Which the employees have already made the concessions. The governor wants to silence a politically active base for the opposing party. Now I love it when people call democrats socialist but with this major offensive against organized labor, the republicans seem to be more like fascist. Look the bottom line is the best management tool that any business or corporation or local government body is it's union.
I think we need to call this for what it is, union busting. The republicans along with Glenn Beck and Rush telegraphed this platform over a year ago. Complaining of the public employees pension and health care benefits. Does any body legislate from the middle any more. Our political system swings either to far left or to far right. You know the republicans did not always hate organized labor in fact one of the most underrated Presidents of our country Dwight D. Eisenhower sought it as essential for our democracy to have collective bargaining rights for our country. And this whole anti labor campaign is going to spread all over the country even here in MO with the new legislature putting a referendum to make MO a right to work state. Now republicans like to wrap them selves in the american flag while holding the constitution. But our MO reps and senators are sworn to uphold the MO state constitution, republicans and democrats alike. And our state constitutions states that all employees shall have the right to bargain collectively. And it amazes me that our elected officials have know understanding of this. So I guess these republicans want to violate our state constitution. This issue really comes down to one thing and that is money The republicans understand that if you out raise and out spend your opponent that the likely hood of winning is greater. So limiting the access of labor to government and democrats you have really put a stake in the heart of your opponent. You always have to have a check and balances system no one wether it be government or the private sector should have a upper hand. And I believe that is what organized labor provides to all of us wether you belong to a union or not.
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