By Bob Shannon Central Garage
Nice to see the Oligarchs now concerned about spending. Mr. Campbell last year for the first time spoke on items he thought could be eliminated from the 2014/15 budget. The timing of his comments were oddly coincidental since Land Use Tax Exemptions were on the chopping block. Watch how fast local spending gets reined in should the Land Use Tax Exemption program be eliminated. The whiners writing letters now with a furious pace could never find the time to attend a BOS budget meeting and or crusade with us on cutting spending …..until now.
Mr. Campbell offers beleaguered homeowners a .01 reduction in the real estate tax rate while advocating for self-serving tax exemptions & subsidies . Mr. Campbell’s new found budget frugality might suggest which one of the exemptions /subsidies would he be willing to let go of, since he wants to keep these superior County services he touts as necessary. Cato and other institutions have labelled Federal Farm Subsidies “corporate welfare”, maybe he is willing to start there ? Campbell defends Land Use Tax exemptions, which are “tax shifting” Stop calling it Tax Exemptions—-it is tax shifting. Stop calling it ( if ended) a “tax increase”. It would be an end to an EXEMPTION. The runaway development nonsense is beginning to sound like a parrot. Amend the Comprehensive Plan to allow for minimum 10 acre lots ….if that is their real concern.
As for the KWTP and the tactics of intimidation ? When you can’t win the argument on the facts smear the other side. KWTP holds elected officials accountable, a necessity if we are to correct the problems facing both our communities and our nation. For too long we allowed politicians to make campaign pledges, only to watch them morph afterwards into mouth pieces for local power brokers. Mr. Campbell labels that intimidation, voters disagreed. Beneficiaries of the status quo simply refuse to accept their agenda was defeated. The average Joe/Jane had had enough. We have some Supervisors who now are pushing the voters agenda.
Supervisor Hansen coined the phrase “ homeowners in KW county are not sharecroppers”, and that sentiment was reflected in comments last Monday night when one of the folks benefitting by these schemes said “ some of us are from here’s & some of you are come here’s” Does this man understand the form of government we have in the U.S , or know that half or more of the citizens of King William today are “ come here’s” . Is he suggesting a different class of citizenship for these folks ?
Homeowners and small business owners want the tax policy field leveled & spending cut. Stop the name calling and respect the voters will.
Article written by: Tom White