Lebanon voters recently turned down an opportunity to increase their own sales tax (good for them!). From this article, here are some quotes full of fail from the mayor:
“It was an option to take the load off of the citizens..."
How on Earth is a tax INCREASE going to take the load off the citizens???
"...and provide us with a new revenue stream,”
The sole bit of truth by Craighead in the article
What about the $12 Million in the city's rainy-day fund? What about the $1 Million in bonuses the city just paid out? The city of Lebanon is not broke.
Maybe they told you what you wanted to hear... like you did to them to get elected?!?!
“They understood it, but they just didn’t take the time to vote. I can’t drag them up here."
You sure about that? You intentionally chose a Tuesday in September (instead of the main election in November) specifically so there would be a lower voter turnout - something you needed to force this on the people.
"We gave them an opportunity to reduce people’s property taxes, but we couldn’t do it."
There was no measure on the ballot to reduce property taxes... only to increase the local sales tax. You know you are being disingenuous here - you never were going to lower property taxes.
"I don’t know how we will keep up with all the things we need to fix.
Maybe government is not the solution?!?!