Measure 2 is not about whether we need property tax or not, it is about resistance to change.
With much research and attending the meeting at Dickinson City Hall to hear the pros and cons, I learned that even Keep It Local agrees with the fact that the property tax system is broken.
This tax system is more than 200 years old and if everyone likes it so well, maybe we should go back to the way of life that existed then also.
No running water, riding horses and buggies for transportation, no cellphones, iPods or modern technology, or just about any other thing in our way of life.
It is resistance to change and a bunch of fear mongers are using doubt to promote a vote against the measure.
There is no one that can predict what tomorrow will bring or they would be the wealthiest people on Earth and could use their skills to save the live of millions of people by warning us of what would happen.
This is no different than Y2K that went on in 1999. There were millions of dollars spent because all the computer systems of the world were going to fail when we went to the next century.
The day came and went and all the hype was quickly forgotten. It is fear of the unknown that is being used to keep us from progressing. One argument is we will lose local representation. That is saying we have voted incompetent individuals in as our legislators. These people are our neighbors’ and fellow citizens. Their families and friends will be just as affected as everyone else’s.
With all the technology and knowledge available today to fear a better solution to property tax is not available is nonsense and unrealistic.
Every tax revenue in the state is increasing in double-digit increases, we have more tax money available than ever in the history of the state.
The time to make changes is when we can afford to make them, not when it is too late.
How many of the millions of people in the U.S. might have been able to keep from losing their homes if they wouldn’t have had to pay the thousands of dollars in property tax and could have put it toward their house payment?
David Steinbach, Dickinson