Letters to the Editor

People still need county services

Two letters in the Feb. 28 issue warrant at least a somewhat terse response. Mr. Caldwell believes that “learning to live with the income you have” should be the county’s path. I agree this philosophy is admirable and, in any economic times, warranted for individuals. Governments, however, have considerably more people to whom they are obligated to render services and protection. These demands are especially acute when we all live on an island. The initial news article notes Ms. Homola suggested the per parcel tax to free up expense money the county currently has to expend on water-related activities “such as monitoring surface water quality.” You know, that stuff we all drink.

Mr. Adams contends that Homola’s suggested method to fund efforts to assure water quality is an “expensive, ill conceived hobby to placate rich liberals.” He also claims “every economist will tell you the last thing governments should be doing in an economic downturn is raise taxes.” From what I’ve seen and heard for the last three months every economist is saying that no one has a definitive solution to this financial mess. Those economists are contending the situation is so bad we should consider looking beyond the guidelines of past economics.

As the initial article pointed out, the county could not have imagined the county’s financial position could have turned so dire. Nonetheless, necessary services must continue to be provided. Hence, a responsible government must look at any possible source of income to pay for necessary operations.

I supported Angie in her campaign partly because I knew she didn’t consider clean water a “hobby” and that she knew how to balance fiscal responsibility with taking care of the people’s needs.

John D. Voet


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