Reviewing the Lake County Commission candidates' questionnaires in the Wednesday and Thursday MDLs, I note that Gene Anderson offers this opinion on pursuing a drink tax for the counties:
I think the drink tax would be taxing a certain percentage of our taxpayers and not all. We try to make fair taxes, but I think we should find another way to supplement our county budget that would effect [sic] all the taxpayers of the county and not just a partial group. [Gene Anderson, "Anderson, Johannsen Among Five Seeking Commission Seats," Madison Daily Leader, 2008.10.29, p. 2]
Incumbent Craig Johannsen takes the opposite and more clear-headed view:
Yes. Well over half of the cost of law enforcement, court, public defenders, states attorney and jail are directly related to alcohol. I think this tax should be used specifically to offset these costs. At last estimate, Lake County's share would be approximately $300,000. [Craig Johannsen, ibid.]
Some folks drink to excess and impose significant costs on county government. Johannsen thinks those folks ought to bear some of those costs. Anderson, who apparently is one of those folks, prefers that we all share the wealth... or in this case the expense.