I believe it is time to discuss the reallocation of current taxes being collected for luxury programs and services and target the tax money toward needed programs and services. Wouldn’t it make sense to use a large portion of taxes collected for Open Space for the next several years and reallocate the money toward education, road repair and other community needs. It is interesting how city, county, and state government never looks at Open Space as something we should cut. We rarely hear about it anyway.
Most city’s are in a money crunch and yet one city used 3.5 million dollars to buy an egg farm east of town. Nobody on the city council was willing to discuss reallocation for fear of retaliation from the Open Space Czar. More trails for the city and no fields for soccer or baseball and city road repair.
I use open space and think it is a great luxury to have but in these special economic circumstances money needs to go to other pressing needs.
Reallocation of tax dollars is very common in government so why not look at this. My guess is that the city, county and state leaders do not have the stomach to bring this up as it will possibly cause too much of an uproar and thus the possibility of losing an election. City leaders are very reluctant to even discuss this topic with the state, county, and city open space leaders.
It is time to reassess Open Space taxes and put that money toward needed programs and services.