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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Madison Notes: We Think More Taxes Are Fine

Our legislators may be balking at new taxes in the midst of a recession, but Madison's local leaders aren't:
  • The Madison City Commission supports the Municipal League's effort to get the legislature to let cities impose another penny sales tax (you know, the kind of tax most likely to make it harder for working folks to eat). Evidently Madison thinks a new events center in Sioux Falls is a great reason to raise taxes... even though Madison is keeping prime property for a new Madison events center off the market for another year.
  • Again cleverly burying a lead story, the Madison Central School Board got us all focused on its reversal of Vince Schaefer's "retirement," then passed a four-year, one-million-dollar opt-out and referred it to a public vote April 13. See—when Governor Rounds says he's zeroing the increase in education spending, he's not really zeroing the increase; he's just shifting the responsibility and political heat from his office to your local school boards. He knows taxes need to go up; he's just not willing to do it himself.
  • No word yet on whether Lake County has found a good reason to support higher taxes, but hey! Now that we have a raving liberal on the Water Quality Committee, we'll probably pass a local income tax to turn the entire county into a riparian buffer zone. Ah, trees....

1 comment:

  1. I figured the opt out would continue but was surprised that they even referred it for a vote. But I guess as long as it coincides with the school board vote, should they get enough candidates to have an election, it won't cost extra. Actually, this time I'm more irritated by the retire/rehire thing that both Madison and Chester did. Might be legal, but not very ethical the way it was handled. Did the other candidates get a full interview or just over the phone? Was it a done deal to rehire Schaefer? Why not just have said so up front and be honest about it then?

    Has been pretty quiet about the new gym/remodel project for the high school. Where is that at and how is it intended to be paid for? Higher taxes? Capital outlay when it can be afforded that way? Just curious why that subject was dropped.


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