I am personally mixed on the issue as I have many friends and neighbors that are police officers and firemen for the city and would hate to see them affected. On the other hand I hate the way that they made a "special" election for this issue in August (so know individual candidate could be associated with it in November I'm sure) and, from what I have heard on a local radio station, are only really focusing their efforts to make it known in areas of the city that have high support rates for the current administration. In addition the city has, in my opinion, spent frivolously on other projects such as spending $6 million on rehabilitating a run down theater or $3 million on putting in community planting areas near a existing conservatory.
Just happened to catch this web letter to the editor in the Columbus Dispatch today:
Now that the Columbus Mayor and officials have shown that they are incapable of doing what you and I must do when our income changes, live on what we have left, they are pushing hard on an income tax increase. There is only one way they can coerce/blackmail the tax payers into voting yes, restrict or remove those services the actual tax payers receive like Fire, Police, Libraries and swimming pools. Don't be fooled most taxpayers actually only use one or two of those services. Lets say you would miss the library, for example a raise of .5% income tax on 100K income is $500.00, so instead of using the library you take your $500.00 and go to Half Priced books, do you believe you really think will spend that much a year?
Also don't be fooled by the claims Police and Fire protect you, mostly they deal with the after math chalk line and investigate, and pour water on the soldering embers of what used to be a home. You want protection go to Vance's buy a gun and Lowes and pick up some smoke alarms.
When government helps it's just too expensive, tell them no please. By the way never did they speak about rolling it back when times get better!
Don C., BlacklickDon makes a couple of good points about how you could spend your money better and more efficiently than the government can, but I doubt anyone will seriously take this point to the people. Truth is I can trust a person, but I can't trust people. That's part of the reason I have a CCW. I can trust my friends, but there are a lot of other people out there I don't know. Some people would use the money as Don suggests, but there are also a lot of people that would waste it or simply not even realize they have a "windfall" and just continue to live as they do without the services proposed to be cut. I've already reconciled myself to the fact that $400 or so will be coming out of my paycheck extra for the next few years. In fact, it will probably be permanent. Ever hear of a tax being repealed on a ballot that was initiated by the government?
Still a good question can be generated from this letter specifically directed towards my blog's audience concerning the police and fire departments being pretty much reactionary in nature. Here goes.
Theoretical Situation: The city you lived in said that they were going to severely cut police protection in order to preserve fire protection but you were going to be given a one time only tax credit of $350 to put towards a burglar alarm, security improvements to your home (locks, window bars, ect) self defense training or (legal) firearm for protection in your home. You currently have none of these for the sake of the question.
Which would you choose?
Looking forward to your feedback and comments!