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Miles is right. This election is about the spend-happy tax increases promoted by her and the other members of the 'Lingenfelter Five.'

 

My window’s view of Kingman through the past 19 years does not include the Santa Claus sleigh of freebies presented by mayoral candidate Jen Miles at the Republican Women’s Club meeting.

Miles made it clear that the big spending program of the current Kingman City Council is on the ballot. Her speech was full of jibes at current Mayor Monica Gates for votes against all the sales tax hikes.

 

Miles is right. This election is about the spend-happy tax increases promoted by her and the other members of the “Lingenfelter Five.”

 

A local citizens group has turned in petitions with far more than the number needed for a ballot fight Nov. 6. Problem is the mayoral race will be decided in the primary Aug. 28. Voters get two cracks at it. One can defeat the spendthrift Lingenfelter Five’s candidates. The November election provides two more chances for citizens to stop this pocketbook raid. The ballot can roll back the sales tax and require all future sales tax increases to be voted on by the citizens.

Some city elected officials and candidates for city office have made statements that there is no source of revenue for capital improvements without increased sales taxes. Not true. The reality that stops spendthrift elected officials is voter approval needed for other finance sources.

Airway Avenue was built with property tax revenue approved by the citizens. The city does not have a general property tax that allows elected officials to do whatever they want. Citizens call that a “blank check” tax. There is a property tax, called a “secondary property tax” available. It is for a specific project, like construction of Airway Avenue, and for a set number of years.

It requires elected officials to convince the voters that the project is something for which they are willing to pay.

Bank Street and Gordon Drive were constructed with outside sources of federal and state money through WACOG and HURF funds.

The two wastewater projects forced on the city by state and federal environmental laws were financed without approval by voters. Money is collected from water users who are on sewer lines. That has about half the homeowners paying twice as much as in their “water bill.”

Anyone with a larger lot, like in most of Rancho Santa Fe, has legal septic tanks and do not pay for the new plants. Rumor has it that the City Council has “borrowed money” from the sewer, water and garbage enterprise accounts to finance improvements at the airport and industrial park.

Formation of an “Improvement District” allows collection of a property assessment to pay for street, water and sewer installations for an area. That was used to finance the Airway Underpass with sales tax dollars paying for the city contribution. It avoided the need to have voter approval. Bond sellers require the city to back such deals with a pledge of all sales tax revenue.

The golf course expansion was financed in a similar manner. Now paid off, $500,000 dollars in sales tax dollars per year paid off the revenue bonds.

Add state and federal grants for parks, the Powerhouse renovation and other things about town, including the museum in the railroad depot for more capital improvement money sources. The city also gets annual dollars from the state from income tax payments and gasoline taxes shared for local streets.

City officials like sources of money that they can use without voter restraint. The sewer, water and garbage funds you pay each month pay, according to former Mayor Richard Anderson, about 35 percent of the budget. The Home Rule issue on the November ballot allows the city to use those funds without counting them as part of budget spending limits.

A vote is required every four years to allow this to continue. Recognize what you are allowing when the item shows up on the November ballot.

Several members of the current seven elected officials have stated with a straight face that he or she is elected to “represent” citizens. Those individuals claim that gives them the right to decide what is “right” and “proper” for the city and does not require them to consider the input of voters paying the bills.

Note: Dr. Robertson encourages voters to become informed about candidates and what they will cost taxpayers. Are you getting what you want and value for your tax dollar? Check www.marvinswindow.com for more information.

 

  

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