Letter: GOP urges no vote
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To the Editor:

In conjunction with the long standing belief that less government and lower taxes are two of the main principles of the Republican Party platform, the Cannon County Republican Party would like to issue the following statement to the citizens of Cannon County.

The voters of Cannon County will be faced with two separate tax increases during the Presidential Primary election during the early voting period or on March 1, 2016. One will be a $20 Wheel Tax increase and the other is a one cent Sales Tax increase. We encourage you to VOTE NO on both increases.

We oppose the tax increases for several different reasons, but primarily because there are other ways to increase revenue without increasing the tax burden on the poorest of our community through a Sales Tax increase. Additionally, the Wheel Tax increase would be used to pay the county General Fund when this tax has always been used to pay off school debt. The citizens of Cannon County will get no additional services from these tax increases.

We have presented the County Commissioners and the County Executive with alternatives that would save tax payer dollars and raise revenue without increasing taxes.

We have asked that ALL county budgets be scrutinized and reviewed for cost savings before tax increases are requested. This was not done during last year's budget review.

We have asked that a uniformed pay scale be created to ensure equitable treatment to all county employees.

We have asked for procedural changes to the Solid Waste program that would save thousands of tax dollars a year. These changes would mirror the Rutherford County Solid Waste program and would still provide the private citizens of Cannon County with every benefit they currently have while ensuring that our tax dollars are being spent wisely.

We have asked for a change in use of the current Wheel Tax sticker. By eliminating the sticker completely this would be an approximate $5,500 savings per year.

As you can see there are realistic solutions to our issues without raising taxes. We encourage you to VOTE NO on both increases.

Cannon County Republican Party

Executive Committee


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