Reader: “We Have Enough Trouble Getting Elected Officials to Listen.”

Letter To The Editor:

“Regarding the special election called for to enable the citizens of Searcy to vote for or against the A&P Tax (sometimes referred to as the hamburger tax), I urge you to consider these thoughts…

I’m all for progress-for excellent sporting fields for our children (which we have–and we DO host tournaments. The Parks and Recreation Committee may be dropping the ball by not scheduling MORE of those tournaments), festivals (Get Downtown, sponsored by Main Street Searcy and Chesapeake and others), rodeos (one just came to town), etc.

However, two major points concern me: One being the idea that we raise taxes in difficult economic times. A more feasible solution might be to make better use of the monies we currently have collected. (We already have a Chamber of Commerce in place whose job it is to promote Searcy).

The other point that has me pause and consider my vote is the fact that the City Council is asking the citizens of Searcy to allow 5 UN-elected people (2 will be members of the City Council) to be in charge of millions of dollars–trusting them to determine where those funds will be best spent (as this resolution has not designated the way any of the monies must be spent–only that this UN-elected committee will be allowed to determine that issue themselves).

Folks, we have enough trouble getting our elected officials (remember Blanche Lincoln and the Health Care issue; numerous others) to listen to our wishes, much less someone who WAS NOT ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE!

Maybe a better solution to this problem would be to put a sales tax issue specifically for the Parks and Recreation Department (with a sunset clause) on the ballot. We would be taxed, but at least We the People would have the peace of mind knowing those monies would be used for the EXACT purposes spelled out in the issue.

Therefore, please remember to vote AGAINST the A&P Tax on April 13th.

Thank you for listening.”

Catherine Malnar


The Arkansas Patriot is a conservative organization dedicated to equipping citizens with the truth, insuring transparent government, and encouraging citizens to question their government boldly.  The editor can be reached at arkansaspatriot@gmail.com Follow The Patriot on Twitter and Facebook.

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