I submitted this letter to the local paper today in response to Mayor Homsley’s letter that was printed yesterday:
Mayor Randall Homsley recently wrote about the dire need for the bypass tax & took offense at a letter from Mr. Bill Haynie in opposition. Homsley can “take exception” to Mr. Haynie’s comments, but he cannot deny their truth: this proposal is a carrot-on-a-stick, kickback gimmick.
While we’re at it, I take exception to Mr. Homsley’s claim that he is “against frivolous taxes as much as anyone.” Then why does he support this proposal? This is a tax proposal that will take $18,000,000 for a $6,000,000 project, while the county is sitting on $12,000,000, in the toughest economy since The Great Depression.
One of the county government’s main responsibilities is to take care of the infrastructure outside of incorporated cities. But we’ve seen the county take increased action inside the cities during this administration. For example, I understand that the County Judge has already begun chip-sealing roads inside Mr. Homsley’s city–an action that is of questionable legality. Why would all further improvements require an additional tax?
Mr. Homsley seems to think that this tax proposal is the only way a small city can “insure its citizens better streets.” How then does he explain the existing streets and infrastructure or the maintenance the county is performing in his city?
If a city needs more revenue, they should find a way generate it within the city. If Homsley’s only answer for improving his city is a countywide tax hike, perhaps the city of Higginson needs new leadership.
Nicholas Horton, Citizens for Responsible Taxation
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