“Please don’t raise our taxes again.”
It’s a refrain we hear many times over – both on internet sites and in discussion.
As our country celebrated Independence Day, interspersed with holiday fireworks, food and family, snippets of conversation could be heard:
“We don’t have cable anymore.”
“It cost me $50 to fill up my tank.”
“I don’t know what we’ll do when unemployment runs out.”
“We just finally turned the air conditioning on.”
We hope elected officials, lobbyists and government employees are listening.
The Kansas economy is struggling to recover from a recession.
Unemployment, underemployment and high food and energy prices have forced residents to trim budgets. To make the dollar stretch until it hurts.
Real estate sales have slowed to a near-stop, and back-door revenue increases to government entities thru increased property valuations are declining.
In many areas, property values have decreased just as delinquent payments and foreclosures have increased.
We’re not trying to paint a picture of gloom and doom, but rather one of caution and restraint.
As local government entities discuss budgets, they should focus on basic taxpayer services: educating our children, fixing our roads, maintaining the infrastructure and keeping us safe.
It’s not business as usual.
Independence Day is over. Dishes are washed and leftovers are saved.
People are back to their daily routine.
But just as the American colonies told the British oh so many years ago, the refrain continues:
“Please don’t raise our taxes again.”