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Letter -- Proposed ordinance change already exists in 1-percent city sales tax language

To the editor: The difficult part of trying to have a discussion to reach a compromise and resolution on an issue is when it is done with letters to the editors or flyers that have so much misinformation. The proposed change to the one-half perce...

To the editor:

The difficult part of trying to have a discussion to reach a compromise and resolution on an issue is when it is done with letters to the editors or flyers that have so much misinformation.

The proposed change to the one-half percent sales tax ordinance is simply adding one sentence that is the exact same sentence that has been in the 1 percent ordinance since 1994! It is the same language that was in place when some of the "watchdogs" served on the city commission in the late 90s.

They are now telling you this commission is asking you for a blank check. It seems strange to me the language was acceptable when they were commissioners, but it is not acceptable with the current commission.

In the past 14 years, that power has not been misused, because elected officials are keenly aware of the wishes of the majority of the citizens and are keenly aware of the citizen's right of recall. After every meeting, President Johnson asks for any public input or concerns citizens wish to discuss, giving all citizens ample opportunity to voice their opinion.

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Over the past five years, more than $5 million from the original sales tax has been spent on street projects and improvements. That means $5 million that didn't have to come from property taxes. Special assessment procedures were established during the previous commission's term. This commission abolished that tax burden, using sales tax money instead.

Some of these "watchdogs" are the same ones who promised the public the community center would just be a "playground for the rich." We all know how untrue that scare tactic was.

This commission has set aside sales tax dollars to ensure long-term maintenance funds are available and the community center isn't a tax burden to property owners, which is one of the many reasons there is not a sunset clause on the ordinance.

Now we are hearing the same scare tactics about using sales tax dollars for other community projects currently being discussed in our community. The citizens of this community voted to approve the one-half percent sales tax because they believed in our community and its' leadership and I believe the same message will be sent on June 10.

I am proud that for the past eight years, our present commission has been 100 percent committed to growing and improving our city.

Please vote yes on June 10!

Rhonda Dukart

Dickinson

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