Rich folks, poor folks, and everybody in between have taken a tremendous hit in this recession. And yet government wants an increase, or at least no reduction. That's just not reality.
We've all had to economize, make sacrifices, and figure out ways to do more with less. And we're better for having done so. We're leaner, more frugal, and creative. More importantly, we're grateful for our gifts and have learned to use them more wisely.
Are we really doing our schools, libraries, museums, and county agencies a favor by denying them the opportunity to do the same? We all know they could stand to streamline their processes, right-size their staffing levels, or innovate more. But if we spare them that pain, we prevent them from improving.
For their sake you should vote against the levies. Not to send a message, or to punish, but to help everybody get in step with the times. We appreciate all their fine work and want them all to remain viable well into the future. But to be there for us later, they need to slim down now. It's okay to vote against the levies. If you really can't bear to vote them all down, then pick your favorite and just vote for one.
Despite their protestations, it won't be fatal. None stand to lose more than about 15% of their existing funding if their levy fails. And when it does fail, we promise you'll have a chance to vote on it again next year.
Really, it's okay. Go ahead and vote against the tax levies. It's for the best.