Letter -- Public safety tax: No

June 30, 2014 

If passed, who really will pay the criminal justice tax? Would this likely result in the consumer, whether a city councilman or not, going elsewhere, especially for big ticket items? Online?

Our local retailers will pay, if that is the case.

I am not a professional economist, but it would seem to me that if you want to increase revenue by sales tax, you should reduce the sales tax, thereby inducing consumers to spend more with less incentive to go elsewhere. It really does all add up.

It seems our elected officials have an allocation problem, not a revenue one. I can understand their frustration when our state legislators add mandates to our local governments without providing a funding mechanism. This result is the local municipalities politically taking the hit for tax increase requests rather than our state representatives. What the county commissioners, clerks, judges, assessors, auditors and city councils need to do is stand up to the state and refuse to budget for these unfunded mandates and put the political heat back where it belongs.

We do not need another tax increase, but rather we need elected officials with the courage to say "no." Don't let them pass the buck on to the local taxpayer.

KIM BROCK, Kennewick

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