Use tax would fund streets, public safety

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Posted: Monday, September 24, 2012 11:14 am | Updated: 11:07 pm, Mon Sep 24, 2012.

If the City Council hopes to gain approval for a use tax in November, the group knows it must first explain how it would spend the money.

The council agreed Monday to use potential revenue from a use tax to pay for street repairs and capital investments for public safety, such as equipment and buildings for the police and fire departments.

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Welcome to the discussion.


  • heckler91 posted at 9:04 pm on Mon, Sep 24, 2012.

    heckler91 Posts: 67

    tax tax tax tax tax tax tax tax ........ Where does it end?

  • 64503 posted at 5:48 am on Tue, Sep 25, 2012.

    64503 Posts: 484

    heckler is does not end as long as they are greedy and people keep giving to them they will ask for more and more and more. Sometime they have to be told NO. And let's talk about the streets they put in a new drainage tube under Easton road about 6 weeks ago and back filled it and graveled it and have not been anywhere around to put the asphalt back down so when it turns into a huge pothole what did they do they came back and threw some more gravels in it. This is the kinda of street repair we tax payers pay for?? They start something and do not finish it till someone complains about it. Since this is Mr LaBass district maybe she can get this street issue completed.

  • gogrannygo posted at 7:13 am on Tue, Sep 25, 2012.

    gogrannygo Posts: 80

    Wait - I thought this last tax that was on the ballot in the primary was for street repair. How fricking forgetful do they think we are? I'm sick and tired of hearing about taxes for street repair, then driving on the streets in St. Joe. When are they gonna start fixing them? I think the council just needs more pocket money. I'm say ENOUGH!!!!!

  • agbchief posted at 7:53 am on Tue, Sep 25, 2012.

    agbchief Posts: 44

    FINALLY! 3 people posting comments exactly the way I've felt for years now. I've been trying to tell everybody with my bullhorn that no matter what tax issue is on a ballot on any given election, it usually ALWAYS passes. And what happens when the citizens of Saint Joseph and Buchanan County FINALLY muster up enough guts to say no to vote it down for once, what happens, here come threats from the bureaucrats that goods, personnel and services will be drastically cut. It gets placed on the next ballot, then it does pass. People of this area, stand up and finally say "Enough is enough"! Every time you read an article reguarding the city council, they want to put a tax issue on the ballot. And I a agree with the 3 comments posted before mine. FINALLY somebody is getting it around here!

  • smith posted at 9:03 am on Tue, Sep 25, 2012.

    smith Posts: 367

    Real simple. Just look at my cell bill. Municipal Gross Receipts Surcharge $9.42. City Telecom tax $3.19. Total is almost 8% of the bill. And this is just the city. Total taxes are nearly 20% of the bill. Can we say overreaching? Greedy bureaucrats that can't live within their means.

  • james john posted at 4:39 pm on Tue, Sep 25, 2012.

    james john Posts: 1

    Wasn't this last tax extension for the Capitol Improvement Tax voters passed supposted to have covered street repairs? Also if both the city & county have decided to add the tax on the ballot, does that mean we the consumer are going to get double taxed for the same merchandise? Also interesting Use Tax Could aid residents. Then just below Potential reverue would go to street repairs, is this the usual bait and switch.


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