Letter to the editor: Revise tax plan

To the editor:

In response to the sales tax issue, I say vote no, then revise.

I respectfully request sales tax dollars be specifically dedicated:

  • 0.05 percent sales tax for transit. Plane travel, train travel and bus travel are all subsidizl ed 24/7.
  • 0.3 percent sales tax for affordable housing equals tax dollars going to those who have specialized in such projects rather than to for-profit projects.
  • 0.2 percent sales tax for Complete Streets/Walkable Community/Safe Routes to school. Don’t low-income families and all other families need safe modes of travel in the event access to a car or any car is not available?

I am not necessarily opposed to taxes funding these issues. What I am opposed to is open-ended use of the tax dollars, which equals helter-skelter spending.

Dedicated tax dollars eliminate helter-skelter spending; thus we see finished accomplishments. A worthwhile endeavor.

Call for a special vote. The end result would more than pay for the cost of a special vote. A worthwhile endeavor.

The community might want to think about pursuing a no sales tax on groceries or no more than 1 percent. Helpful to the lower income. A worthwhile endeavor.

How many would accept a reduction in property assessment values? This would be a tax reduction. Lower taxes on property could induce lower rents? Which would be helpful to lower income families. And to my wallet as well. Another worthwhile endeavor.