May 15, 2012 by wcobserver
The good intentioned people of the Quorum Court have passed to some of the voters, a measure that will extract yet another incremental tax increase from all of us. I say some voters because this will be on a May ballot which all involved know is lightly attended by the public at large. We can call this fair in the sense that it is a public vote but make no mistake; it is clearly intended to sway the result from the limited turnout as opposed to allowing this to be included in the well attended November election. This dichotomy should be explained in any elections that the issue included has no real time constraint. Do they really purport this to be a democratic act?
The reason I oppose this measure is twofold.
First, anyone who will consider the simple arithmetic will see that this is a manufactured entitlement. Using the ORT figures, ridership is at best 250,000 per year, the fare is $1.25, and the tax increase, not the total spent, is over $7 Million. ORT further claims that ridership will exceed 1.2 Million in 2012 and although far fetched, would yield:
$1.25 rider fare times the exaggerated 1.2 million riders equals $1.5 Million of revenue.
We spend 7 or 10 or 15 million (I cannot find a stable, real budget from ORT) for less than $2 million in revenue? How is this not a manufactured entitlement?
Secondly, I believe that the job of a government is to provide only those things that a government exclusively can, not those things that a “collective should.” In my view these are law enforcement, courts, and a minimum county staff. Once we begin to defer the responsibility of providing to the people through government we create the democracy we were warned about by John Adams and many others. When our elected members, no matter their good intentions, let a selective majority determine what part of the minority’s income they are entitled to, we are finished as a great nation. Are we there yet?
Candidate for Justice of the Peace, D-14