Thursday, August 5, 2004

Wyoming Tax Revolt

In an interesting development, on Tuesday the voters of Wyoming voted down an operating millage to replace lost state revenue sharing funds. It was a request for 1.5 mills, which would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $75 a year. It would have given the city revenue of about $2.8 million a year.

Of course, as city governments usually do, they are saying that they need to cut police and fire to make up for the lost revenue. This is the type of politicking that we can't stand here at GR Pundit. They always threaten police and fire to scare people, instead of cutting the usual social spending first, and protecting, as much as possible, the most basic functions of a city government.

Interestingly though, a second funding request specifically for more fire department funding passed, but it was contingent on the first request passing. What does that tell you? The people want to fund the basics - fire protection - but they don't want to fund the other jibberish that the city government does.

The apparent lesson here is this: people want their city government to do what it should be doing - providing the basics. The rest isn't wanted or needed.

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