Prop 1 smoke and mirrors

To the Editor: The question – which no one seems willing to talk about – is where will the $500 million in tax cuts come from.
Jul 28, 2014

You can’t take that kind of money from the State’s General Fund without reducing expenses or increasing taxes. I don’t think our Legislators will increase taxes (unless they decide to take another shot at seniors) so programs will be cut. If the proponents were at all transparent they would identify those cuts. But not a word. Our own Representative Amanda Price sent out a nice mailing with her picture but it did no more than recite the proposal without giving an explanation or taking a position. Her office did not return my calls asking for help.

Another caution. The proponents claim this will guarantee funding for local governments. It does no such thing. The proposal removes some local funding from the normal budgeting process and gives allocation to a new agency appointed by the Governor but the Legislature can change vital parts of the scheme at any time.

There are good arguments for repeal of the personal property tax.  But repeal has serious consequences and the proposal is all smoke and mirrors about them. The proposal’s ambiguous language suggests that this may be deliberate.  But whether they won’t tell us – or, assuming the best, they don’t even know – it makes sense to send them back to the drawing board.

Peter Armstrong Sr.
West Olive

Comments

Interestedreader

Its advertised that 15,000 jobs will be created,who put that spin on this issue,supported by what evidence,who how will this result if obtained be codified?

Belteshazzar

I have wondered where the lost revenue would come from, too. Without knowing that information I can't vote for Prop 1, although I would like to see changes in the personal property tax system. I agree with Pete, our legislators need to go back to the drawing board. Or tell us where $500 million is going to come from, now and in the future.

zwesterhouse

Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets are wonderful or maybe bitter/sweet. Speaking of lost revenue & property tax system we as a people are being cheated. I don't care about darn formula's & milleages I'm sick of em. Bottom line is my taxes are $2500 a year. Taxes on Washington St. a guy I know is $3000! In 2 years thats $6,000. In 15 years with no changes that is $45,000. We know the number may actually be about $90,000 because they always ask for so called nickel and dime increases during 4 elections a year. Why aren't people just furious? What a huge rip off! I'm just past disgusted with this and all these politicians. What about people's lost revenue? Don't care about the government - they can print money.

zwesterhouse

Her ignoring phone calls and not returning them is an issue. They mostly likely have good caller-ID software so they can just not answer a "blacklist" of constituents. Prop 1 is just for business -how come it doesn't address our problem of skyrocketing property tax bills for private citizens or even senior citizens? They should have just put something in prop 1 that helps all us - not just businesses. Come to think of it there were 7 candidates who ran for office in 2010 - could we get them all to run again when Price is term limited out? WE NEED more names on those ballots so we all have more choices to pick from. I wish there were 15 names on that ballot for each 89th rep and Congress and Senators.

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