August 02, 2010
Lake Forest Park - reject Prop. One tax increase
The City of Lake Forest Park wants to keep running things as usual. The economy is down. Taxpayers are being laid off or working fewer hours. Can't the City also cut back a bit? No, they can't lay off a bureaucrat. Indeed, they want to hire some back.

So LFP proposes a tax increase on the August 17 ballot - Proposition 1 - a levy lid increase. It's not real big at first, but it would grow without limit for six years (years two through five), then be folded into the base and be included in all future taxes.

So to convince the voters does LFP, the city, threaten to cut back on bean counters? The recently hired PR person? No. They would cut what impacts the public the most. They would cut police and parks. Plus "community services and city infrastructure." They say to vote yes to preserve public safety, but nothing in the proposition guarantees the increase will be used the way they claim.

During the past year LFP has increased drainage fees 15%, added a $20 fee to vehicle licenses, and increased property taxes to the legal limit.

Opposition is bipartisan. Nine former city council members oppose the levy lid increase; three of them signed the opposition statement in the King County Voters' Pamphlet. Democrat State Senator Diane Fairley opposes the tax increase; Rep. Ruth Kagi supports it.

Vote No LFP Prop 1 web site

I am posting this on my own. I have participated in opposition meetings, but I am posting this without their knowledge or approval.

Cross-posted at Economic Freedom.

Posted by Ron Hebron at August 02, 2010 07:19 AM | Email This
Comments
1. Why can't we elect politicians that will lay off the bureaucrats first and stop threatening to lay off police/fire/911? Why do we allow these scumbags to hold us hostage like this?

Posted by: Doug Smith on August 2, 2010 10:45 AM
2. Public safety is the primary reason government exists.

Cutting the services that provide for public safety shows that the politicians are not interested in public safety first and foremost.

They apparently are more interested in the programs and services that will get them re-elected and garner them more power. They use the fear of a loss of protective services to garner more tax revenue so that their pet projects and programs can continue and/or grow.

It is way past time to demand a constitutional change that puts police and fire funding as a priority from the general fund and pushes non public safety programs to the "special" ballot.

Posted by: SouthernRoots on August 2, 2010 12:18 PM
3. I wasted little time returning my ballot because of this one, which has had me boiling angry ever since I first heard about it.

I voted NO. If there'd be an option to vote "Hell NO" I would have voted for that instead.

Posted by: CK on August 2, 2010 12:46 PM
4. Hellooooo, govt. officials----the govt exists to serve US, NOT the other way around!!! Get it and grasp that firmly in your heads.

Posted by: Michele on August 2, 2010 01:12 PM
5. Government has gone from service to a self perpetuating, bloated refuge for the incompetent. It use to be that people worked for the government knowing they would make less. Now they often make more than their private sector counterparts for less credentialed work and less weekly hours, with benefits that even the biggest and wealthiest private sector companies can't offer. It's all heading towards a colossal meltdown, because there's not enough money, even by taking everything from the "rich," to pay for all of these newly minted bureaucrats.

Where we use to have a permit offices where one could quickly and easily obtain permits for building at a reasonable fee like a marriage license. Now we have brand new police car like fleets of code enforcement vehicles and teams of bureaucrats that comb satellite pictures to fine anyone who has so much as built a fence without going through weeks of hoops and massive fees.

Where we use to have organizations that were concerned with the quality of drinking water, and basic stewardship, we now have the EPA declaring CO2 a pollutant, even despite the protests of thousands of credentialed scientists and it being an essential ingredient for plant life.

Where we use to have a school system that was the envy of the world, we now have centers where "bad" teachers are sent to read the paper and play cards because they can't be fired.

Vote out incumbents. Vote against unions. Remember in November.

Posted by: Jeff B. on August 2, 2010 03:50 PM
6. Makes me thankful to live in Buckley! Went to town meeting recently to discover they are operating within thier budget when hard times came they simply tightened thier belt.Lake Forest Park has no clue as to how to do this apparently!!

Posted by: Laurie on August 2, 2010 05:37 PM
7. You must resist the desire to vote in favor of things that are good and necessary, like police and emergency services. It is the responsibility of our leaders to fund the necessary things first and foremost. Lesser things are lower priorities.

Instead, we have politicians who cut essential services, keeping the unnecessary, and asking for a special levy to fund these essentials. Don't let them get away with it!

Posted by: Seabecker on August 2, 2010 09:47 PM
8. #6 Laurie's town of Buckley illustrates exactly what should be going on at all levels of government right now. Good for Buckley! We are not government slaves to be pick-pocketed by the pols just because they are not willing to run a tight ship in tough times---did you hear that, Eric Oemig, Larry Springer and Roger Goodman? Those 3 from the 45th decided it was better to raid service businesses and take more from them than run a tight ship. May they all three go down in flames on election day. Please tell your friends and neighbors in the 45th to vote against them for dogpiling on family businesses instead of doing the right thing and keeping B&O tax the same. Sadly for us, they raised it 20%! It's hard to move to a new district, knowing that it's not like the 5th, where we always sent great people to Olympia. Seeing those 3 looters go down this Nov. would be awesome!

Posted by: Michele on August 2, 2010 10:31 PM
9. re Buckley... I should emphasize that Kenmore, our immediate neighbor to the east, has built a new city hall and put millions into upgrading Bothell Way/Hwy 522. And they did it with cash - no tax increases. They also have to provide roads for the new developments in south Snohomish County to commute south. Mayor Dave Baker is running for state senate in the 32d district; he is a Republican.

Posted by: Ron Hebron on August 3, 2010 06:40 AM
10. @7 Seabecker - once again why do WE allow these scumbags into office? I feel most "citizens" do not ask the tough questions of these politicians who run for office, or maybe a majority of Washingtonians are liberal Democrats who don't care about emergency services above welfare programs.

Posted by: Doug Smith on August 3, 2010 11:30 AM
11. Most citizens vote based on the pretty colors and names they can remember from campaign signs. Or for whom they are told to vote by their government boss, union boss, professor, or ominous TV voice.

If the uneducated ever began to think for themselves, the Democrats would never win another election.

Posted by: Jeff B. on August 3, 2010 12:50 PM
12. @11 Jeff B. - by definition the uneducated can never think for themselves. I think the gig is up, we're on a downhill slope towards Orwell's Oceania.

Posted by: Doug Smith on August 3, 2010 02:06 PM
13. Those who live in Lake forest park might want to find out when next town meeeting is by going on thier website. And show up to say a thing or 2 about this and vote those out responsible come next time some seats become available.

Posted by: Laurie on August 4, 2010 07:46 AM
14. Limousine Liberals at it again. The jig should be up here after Bell, CA. This is a local version of it. Time to shake up that local government for the good of the people. I work for local government myself and would like to see the people rise up and stop this abuse of taxpayer $. Check and balance is sorely needed.

Posted by: KDS on August 6, 2010 05:37 PM
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