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No to sales tax hike

Published on -4/14/2013, 2:28 PM

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No to sales tax hike

I am voting no on the upcoming special ballot to increase our sales tax half-cent to fund what I consider useless projects.

We taxpayers need a break. We need a breather. I, for one, am taxed out. We finally get our half-cent sales tax back in our pockets, for us to enjoy, and the Ellis County administrator says no. He wants it now.

Enough is enough. Our population in this county has not increased that much over the decades but boy the spending sure has. Our elected officials should be looking at saving our tax money by consolidating services with the city of Hays. Not by expanding to fancy remodeled offices and brand new buildings. What do I care that Greg Sund has a nice, new cushy office? What will prisoners sleep in better beds than you and I do?

I still don't know why we needed to swap a key property at 22nd and Vine for a huge building at Eighth and Main. A building we have to remodel. Commerce Bank was the clear winner in that deal. Why didn't our officials auction off the 22nd and Vine property and use that money for their fire/ambulance station?

Do yourself a favor, my fellow taxpayers, and send a strong signal to our elected officials. Vote no on this sales tax issue. Our government officials need to consolidate -- not infuriate the taxpayers. Besides, the granddaddy of all "spend like there's no tomorrow" elected board is about to hit us taxpayers like a runaway train with spending projects that will make your heads spin and wallets empty. You know who I'm talking about. The USD 489 school board is at it again. To that I say, "Remember the FAST Project."

The answer is no.

Bonnie Maxwell

Hays

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