At the Lake County Capital Facilities Advisory Committee meeting on August 17, 2015, when discussing the November 3rd Infrastructure Sales Surtax Referendum (Penny Sales Tax) early, off-year election, Commissioner Sean Parks said, “Yes, it will probably be a more educated voter base in 2015.” This comes on the heels of another Lake County Commissioner telling one of our members that the vote was scheduled in November so that only “educated voters would come out and vote.”
The callousness of the political elite in Lake County to schedule a vote on this important referendum, knowing that most people who work for a living have priorities other than going to a polling place to vote on a single item. What is even worse—they snub their noses at the working people, insinuating they are stupid.These comments are very offensive, and demonstrate the depths in which the politicians are trying to gain total control of this tax money with no restrictions.
What does it say about the people who vote for this tax? Is Commissioner Parks saying only “educated voters” are smart enough to vote a bad tax on themselves? How smart are Parks and his fellow Commissioners, scheduling the election on November 3rd at an unnecessary cost to taxpayers of $400,000 when it could have been held for free during the Florida Presidential Primary four months later?
The dumbest response by a couple of our Lake County Commissioners and School Board Members is that $400,000 represents less than 5/10ths of one percent of the potential tax revenue. Goodness, most smart people think $400,000 is a lot of money, but not the taxers and spenders in Tavares.
Maybe the reason why they don’t want the uneducated voters casting their votes on November 3rd is they know working people and seniors are tired of carrying the load and they are smart enough to vote against the Infrastructure Sales Surtax Referendum (Penny Sales Tax).
At the Penny Sales Tax forum hosted by the North Lake Tea Party last week, Commissioner Tim Sullivan said they needed the vote on the tax held in November 2015 so they could do three-year and five-year planning. Considering the current tax does not expire until December 31, 2017, what Commissioner Sullivan says is just not true. Each year, Lake County has to finalize its budget for the next year in September. The Lake County Board of County Commissioners will be changing major budgeted line items at the very last meeting—each year stands on its own. Using the excuse of long-term planning is a scheme by the politicians to hide the fact that they are actively trying to suppress the vote.
Please vote against the Infrastructure Sales Surtax Referendum (Penny Sales Tax) in November, and make them do it right by targeting only priorities over wants; encouraging the money be spent locally; putting in place a real board to account for how the money is spent; and not allowing them to intentionally suppress the vote. Please share this with everyone on your Facebook and email list.
On November 3, 2015, Vote Against the Infrastructure Sales Surtax Referendum (Penny Sales Tax), because the referendum is badly written and you don’t want to give the politicians a blank check. Let’s make them do it right—the ordinance should only be used for new schools, roads, and utilities while protecting Lake County taxpayers and workers.
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