Letters, May 11
Vote no on 15-189
I was upset to get my ballot to see yet another measure to take power from the people and give it to a public employee. We all want something that we can control in trying times, but this measure will only get you one of two applicant types:
The first is called a “young-runner.” He never truly cares about you and will abandon you the moment he has enough experience. The other option is a retiree from the same job description. Wake up! Ashland does not need the sleepy leftover of a lesser place when we have an overabundance of geniuses right here.
Thanks 15-189, but we are all set. Please don’t mess things up for the rest of us who will be here after you are gone. What right do you have to fix what is not broken?
Which reminds me: a judge’s responsibility is to err on the side of caution in every situation. That is the end of it. There is no “sorry.” And for the record, it means nothing to me that a list of current attorneys still support Judge Greif. Why would they risk saying no to the letter? Goodbye, Lisa. Hello, Joe!
Read the Voters’ Pamphlet
It’s all neatly laid out for us in the Voters’ Pamphlet, pages 15-16 and 17. Take a close read of it. The bonds for the fire station and library are retiring next month. Their tax is 23 cents/$1,000 of assessed value. This is a little more than the rate for the city bond: 21 cents/$1,000 of assessed value. The retiring bonds offset the new bond. Say your present tax on the retiring bonds is $10. If the bond measure passes, you will continue to be taxed nearly that same amount, $10, as with the retiring bonds. If the new bond fails, then your tax will go down $10. There will be no increase in your present taxes.
Forebears lacking forbearance
City Councilor Stephen Jensen, in a recent letter attempting to persuade voters to support the $8.2 million bond measure, inadvertently provided the primary argument for voting no.
He summarized: “Please don’t punish the past. Embrace the future as our forebears did and vote yes.” The problem, of course, is that Jensen and several of his City Council colleagues, recent forebears all, “embraced the future” by engaging in irresponsible financial management resulting in spending well in excess of available funds, all the while ignoring the recommendations and warnings of the citizen members of its own Budget Committee.
If a bond is to be passed maintaining our exorbitant tax-and-fee regimen, let it be for the purpose of saving our economy, businesses and disadvantaged individuals from the ravages of COVID-19, thereby generating renewed funding for appropriate city expenditures. Please vote no.