Response to today’s “Olentangy Valley News” Article
Today’s article in the “Olentangy Valley News” (http://www.columbuslocalnews.com/articles/2010/09/07/multiple_papers/news/allovincom_20100907_0436pm_5.txt) cites claims that the current tax proposal is the most fair and best option. I am not sure how a tax that doubles the tax for 38% of the citizens is a fair tax. Does that sound right to you that 38% of the people will pay for what 100% of the residents (and those who travel through Powell) use? And, especially, do you think it’s fair that a tax be created that targets small businesses, like this one?
There is no way that this tax can be called “fair.” Reminds me of how this was supposed to be “the summer of recovery” – it’s great rhetoric but there is not any substance.
Additionally, you have no ability to say what these funds go toward. They are tied to capital improvements only through an ordinance, which may be undone. Even the ballot language refers to “general operations.” The funds may be used for capital improvement projects that you do not deem to be important or necessary. It is wasteful spending.
Also, this is permanent and does not have any accountability. Why not use a target, short-time tax for a specific project or group of projects?
I agree Powell has a need for capital improvements, but not this way. There are other options; specifically, an option I presented earlier this year that has not been studied by the City.
If you have any questions, please call me at 740.917.0009, visit www.SaraMarieBrenner.com or email Sara@SaraMarieBrenner.com.
Sara Marie Brenner
Powell City Councilman