I got an email from my friend this morning filling me in on the happenings at the Commission meeting yesterday. I’m still so upset I wasn’t able to be there! Of course, my little one slep like a champ last night, so if the meeting would have been today, we would have been there with bells on. Oh, well. Like I said before, there’s no making plans with a six-month-old in your life!

The meeting began with a diatribe on the glories of a new justice center. The phrase my friend used was that she felt like she was “walking through honey.” Our commissioners did their darndest to convince everyone that the new justice center is not only a dire necessity, but will be a dream come true for our and future generations (cue dreamy music).

Now we will enter an episode of “The Simpsons.” Grant Rowland began speaking on the new/improved schools and how we must “do it for the children!” Oh, what about the children?! The new schools will improve education for the children! Did I mention the children? The money is for the children! How can you say no to the children?

Easy. “No”. N-O. There, I did it. Was that so hard?

But I digress. Scott Buckingham then reiterated Rowland’s point by saying that the “money is for the children!” Someone should tell Mr. Buckingham and Mr. Rowland that there are many, many children in this county who won’t benefit one iota from their blasted tax increase, as the numbers of children who are homeschooled or educated in private schools increases every year. So, maybe they should revise their statement as such: “The tax increase is for the poor, unfortunate children who are being subjected to government indoctrination.” But, again, I digress.

Buckingham then questioned Mr. Rowland as to why he wasn’t doing a better job of informing the public of why the tax increase/new tax is necessary. Because, of course, no one could oppose a tax increase for the children! Well, I’m afraid we do know the reason for the increase and we are still opposed. Cold-hearted, we are, eh?

Someone then asked about the possibility of new revenue coming from new growth. George Jaynes answered by speaking of the cost of new services, etc.

In the proposal, there was no exception for the wheel tax. In other words, all motorized vehicles would be taxed the same amount with no exceptions. There was no exception for county vehicles, no exception for small businesses, no exception for farmers. What about those on a fixed income? Or simply those of us living on a budget, who would have to take money from somewhere else to pay for, oh, whatever it is we’re actually paying for?

So, the wheel tax is dead, but it appears that, rather than cutting spending (a reasonable, and smarter, solution – you know, other than not getting into debt in the first place), we will be hit, and hit hard, with a property tax increase. Only cementing my and my husband’s decision to sell our house as soon as we can and move to a different county. Sadly, it’s going to be a few years before we are able to do that, but my prayer is that we’ll actually find a county that is not run by the “good ol’ boys” club or any group who will spend other people’s money with such wreckless abandon. Wish us luck.

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