I admit that I'm very torn on this one. I see the upside and down side of each option.
For today, I will just present information received from both campaigns.
Most of you have received some of these opinions already, but just to be fair,
I will present them again. So, here we go.
Today, I am not going to endorse either position. I will let the readers weigh in.
I'm certain that both sides will be unhappy that I'm not taking a position yet.
But, I reserve the right to be undecided yet.
Hope this is helpful.
Con - (A definite Grass Roots Campaign with a Bi-Partisan makeup)
Unnecessary, Regressive Tax Increase
Proponents of this unnecessary, regressive tax hike say that Proposition 1 will maintain public services, preserve park programs, and keep vital community service programs. However, Proposition 1 does not contain any language that commits Shoreline to using funds from Prop 1 on basic public safety, parks, or community services. Money raised from Proposition 1 go into the General Fund, which could be spent on any purpose the City desires.
Even if this tax hike passes, City staff projects that by 2015, there will still need to be cuts in order to balance the budget.
Alternatives exist to raising taxes during tough economic times. The City can save our important services and create long-term financial sustainability without raising taxes. We need to tell our Council to continue to press for further efficiencies in city operations, to address the salary and benefit structure in City staff, and to do more with less.
If we can do more with less, so can our government.http://www.noonprop1shoreline.com/
Arthur PeachNo on Prop 1 Shoreline Committee
18336 Aurora Ave N, Ste 112 # 404
Shoreline WA 98133
(The campaign has some very slick presentations, while the NO side is more "Grass Roots).