Once again our county government does not want to live within its budget. With the economy in a tailspin, layoffs, high unemployment, home losses and belt tightening, our library officials think now is a good time to raise property taxes. I, and everyone else, received in the mail (paid for with our tax dollars) a brochure touting the need for more spending. One of the reasons for the need to spend more is that the existing library is in disrepair and falling apart. Were we not already paying people to maintain those facilities? I'm sure that they will take better care of a new facility!
Why is the election in June? The reason is simple. No one is paying attention in the summer and the turnout will be light. A light turnout favors approval of the bond. Taxpayer funded mailers and posters, library employee letters to the editor, and a summer vote. They aren't missing a trick.
Any tax increase in this economy is foolish. Using the figures supplied by the county, tax on my business will increase by $252.00. That is far from the $31.50 stated in the mailer. As far as the tax on a home is concerned the county claims $13.50.
When has the government ever been right on a cost estimate? Never. Also the figures used in large print in the main of the brochure are not the figures used in the real wording of the bond that is in small print on the back of the brochure.
According to the 2012 Census, there are 236,000 people in Weber County. Bond proponents state that there are 103,000 library card holders. The math results in 5.51 percent card carrying library card holders. It seems to me that $45 Million is a lot to spend on 5.51 percent of the population.
If you cannot remember when last you visited a Weber County Library or have not visited one in the last six months, maybe you should vote 'no' on raising your property taxes. Do not voluntarily vote to raise your taxes.