I was very disappointed to read city manager Matt Kline's comments regarding the need to raise local income taxes by 0.25 percent. In a classic political move, he opted for scare tactics to frighten voters, threatening to take away the city's engineering, forestry, building maintenance, economic development, recreation deptartment, greenhouse and golf course.
Go ahead. The city has no business running a greenhouse or a golf course, and many of the other services listed could be provided by private business at significantly less expense to the city.
We have a choice between keeping our police and fire departments fully staffed, or ensuring the city's greenhouse has fresh flowers ... is there even a question?
With so many excellent private greenhouses and landscaping companies, why not award contracts to local businesses to maintain parks and gardens?
The city should lease the golf course to a private enterprise to manage and maintain it. This would eliminate the city's expense and turn the golf course into a revenue source, rather than a tax siphon.
I was pleased to hear commissioners Dan Kaman and Dave Waddington denounce the increase. They are right -- the city's budget is bloated with unnecessary expenses. Speaking of which -- when is the last time there was a tax cut?