Posted Friday, May 19, 2006 12:27 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Gurnee should look at Six Flags Great America if it wants to boost its revenue through new fees or taxes without affecting a majority of residents, some village trustees say. Although it wasn’t pursued in time to bolster the new budget that runs through April 2007, Trustee Greg Garner said he still thinks the village’s administrative staff should explore his idea of placing a $1 tax on every vehicle parked at Great America.
Read more from The Daily Herald.
Of course here in Elyria $800k could have been better spent fixing that rocky pathway through the middle of town they call Route 57, but hey the offices are much more important than fixing roads, giving the police the stuff they need to do their job, or *gasp* cutting taxes.
Don't believe me? Read it here
The government is having fun with your money. Remember that ;)
I'm going to go ahead and double the size of my home, add some really neat motion sensor lighting so I don't have turn on any light switches, oh yeah I'd like to get rid of my old 27" TV and bump it up to a plasma TV so that I could better entertain guests that should come to my home. All I have to do is go door to door and let everyone know that I'm going to take $20 from them to pay for it.
Why is it that us citizens have to be fiscally responsible yet our government doesn't have to? No matter which way you look at it, our government and others that hold powerful positions are having their fun and sticking the taxpayers the bill. I wouldn't mind seeing a tax increase IF they were proven to be fiscally responsible.
Local government is the mark of efficiency compared to the feds, because there's a lot more accountability and people watching right there.
But I get that feeling about local gvt sometimes too. Where I grew up in Milpitas, they just rebuilt their city hall for several million and yet the over crowded high school has leaky roofs. But at least city hall looks like something from Ikea. ;)
But back on topic, if you're a resident, and you can pass off some of your tax burden to someone from out of town, you'll probably be OK with it. However, if this doesn't reduce whatever other tax they pay there (don't know how Illinois cities/towns are funded, income or property?), then I would have a problem with it.
And they are ALWAYS happy to screw the tourists as they then tell the voters they are responsible with the money that is confiscated from taxpayers!
And SFGAM plays right into this by gouging there guests for parking so it is then easy for the politicians to rationalize adding more money to the parking fee since SFGAM has just done the same.SFGAM has NEVER undercharged for parking and should give the guests the option of paying $5 for a map or reduced parking fee's.*** This post was edited by Bob O 5/19/2006 2:16:13 PM ***
You've proven my point. The city hall looks like something from Ikea and it doesn't really have to. I'm sorry, no matter where you are looking; local, state, or federal, the government is having fun with your money.
This is another example of a city that needs more money to deck out their offices, give themselves a raise, or make the city look "pretty."
As for Ohio schools, the funding is crap, I agree with that. In LaGrange, our community decided to tax themselves to build a new school, but decided not to tax themselves to open it. So two elementary schools are closing to open the new high school. There has got to be a better way of doing the funding.
Oh yeah I remember now:
The State Supreme court ruled in 2002 that Ohio school funding was unconstitutional. It's been over 3 years and not much has changed, no legislation to change the way of funding schools and, no executive change to enforce it.
EDIT: How about that, the first ruling was back in 1991!
Your tax dollars at work :)
~Rob Willi*** This post was edited by HeyIsntThatRob? 5/19/2006 3:23:38 PM ***
If you think they're having fun with your money, vote for someone else, or run for election yourself.
(Man - I have been waiting a long time for one of these threads to turn to politics.)
And i want to know what community allows every voter individually to determine what taxes they approve of, and if you dont wont require you to pay them??
This is much different than something like a county wide hotel tax that numerous businesses are subject to.
They're not even making an attempt to say something generic like "a parking tax on entertainment venues" and right now we happen to have only one venue. It's a parking tax on SFGAM and only SFGAM.
Ideally, what should be done if the parking tax is enacted is to organize a boycott by parkgoers of all other businesses within the town limits; restaurants, gas stations, hotels, bars, etc. The town might make their money from out-of-towners visiting the parks, but how much might they lose if those out-of-towners stop patronizing local businesses? Yeah, I know how realistic would it be on a large scale, but if nothing else, people on this forum going to the park could make their own statement.
The park would be making just as much and the customer says Hey! Free parking while the park is collecting two bucks from everyone even the adults who rode with someone :)
I agree with this statement. However, what is the reason you think Ohio school funding is wrong? I'm not trying to start a fight. I'd like to understand this possible conflict. I realize how hard it can be to get levies (sp?) passed...but isn't this the ultimate form of local control government?
The local schools in Ohio perfrom at the level their surrounding community deems appropriate. There is a direct and imediate influence (voters) to make sure school spending is kept in check! This seems positive to me.
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