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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Bleeding Heartland: Vote No on "Destiny" tax proposal

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

Those of you who live in Polk, Dallas or Warren counties will get a
chance to vote on the "Destiny" tax proposal on July 10. David Elbert
describes the basics in this piece in the Sunday Register. The concept
is, the sales tax would go up from 6 percent to 7 percent in the three
counties. One-third of the revenues would go to "property tax relief,"
one-third to fund cultural attractions like bike trails, and one-third
to local governments to use on whatever they want. The Register
coverage has been mostly cheerleader pieces on how great an idea this
is, and how "Yes to Destiny" would help fund the things that make Des
Moines a great place to live. They've been mostly dismissive of
opposition as based on knee-jerk anti-tax sentiment, or on mistrust of
local governments because of things like the CIETC scandal. As much as
I hate to find myself in agreement with the Grover Norquist wing of
the Republican Party, I strongly oppose this tax proposal.


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