It seems that the vote for the A-B Tech sales-tax increase is occurring at the proper time: when fog and cobwebs cloud our vision [“School or Scandal?” Oct. 19 Xpress]. Is it really the average county resident’s duty to provide money for the school to repair "crumbling staircases" and sidewalks on campus?
Are we really being asked to pay this tax increase, which supporters say will increase jobs, to create larger classes that in turn produce more trained students to be displaced into an already slumping economy with too few jobs for the current workforce? I see a tax increase to repair the streets I use to walk to work day and night as far more important than a staircase on a campus I never set foot on.
I think a tax to provide a better transit system for the masses to allow them access to more areas of the city, day and night, and on Sundays, is far more beneficial than repairing "leaking roofs" and "insufficient parking" to buildings and lots the vast majority of us have no chances to use. And to "spread the cost to the people who are visiting"? That is just low. Why not just stand out by the local trolleys with a cup and ask for spare change? Trying to pull the wool over the visitors who grace us with their annual trips is bad enough, but to also attempt to fool the residents out of their precious and hard-earned pennies? That is just unacceptable.
— Jeremy W. Huttunen