2012-05-19 / Editorials & Letters

New levy to ‘divide to conquer’

Editor:

Based upon what I know and what I heard from a recent informal gathering of citizens that have the opinion that Baltimore needs to spend more money on the Police Department, the strategy now appears to be one of “divide to conquer”. The property tax levy was soundly defeated, but now they plan to have an income tax proposal before the voters of Baltimore.

The difference is the “money source”. The previous levy generated the monies from all property owners, and that levy failed. I feel strongly that senior citizens, with somewhat limited budgets and a “do not spend more that you can afford” mentality, had a large part in contributing to the levy defeat.

How do you address that problem? You come back with a different proposal that generates revenue based upon “earned income”. If seniors and others who have little or no “earned income” have no financial reason to vote against the proposal, the higher probability of the passage of the levy, and people that have been at work all day sometimes do not take the time to vote.

Most Baltimore residents just got the shock of the increased costs on their monthly water/sewer billing and that increase, in my opinion, would have been unnecessary if there was any physical responsibility left in this village. When you have a Mayor and Village Administrator that want to “spend”, and a Village Council that does not have “NO” in their vocabulary, this is what must happen to keep the system rolling along. Because of the dire financial condition of our entire country, it is hoped that all voters cast their votes and let the “chips fall where they may”.

In case you might have forgotten, a police raid, that was apparently recommended by the Fairfield County Prosecutor’office, could have been quietly conducted three days before the last election, but the Baltimore Police Department choose to invite two television news teams to film the process.

If they “enforce the law,” I have no problem, but to attempt to “sway” voter opinion prior to the election is, in my opinion, unacceptable. The number of police officers on the street does have the effect of lowering the number of crimes, but it is also being in the “right place at the right time”. Columbus has hundreds of police officers, but is their crime rate “under control”? Increased numbers of officers does not guarantee lesser crime, and increased taxation does affect your ability to spend your earnings in the way you wish to spend those earnings.

Charles R. Lamb
Baltimore

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