The Johnson County Board of Supervisors voted today on the term limit for the proposed local option sales tax that voters will consider in a May 5th special election.
In considering their flood mitigation project wish lists, area cities wanted a five-year sunset clause. Some County Supervisors were pushing for a three-year sunset clause because they want to move forward with the proposed justice center - the local option sales tax proposal is an obstacle to that.
The end result was a four-year sunset in a 3-2 vote. Supervisors Terrance Neuzil and Rod "Blago" Sullivan voted against the four year time frame.
In response to the vote, Coralville City Council member Mitch Gross said, "“I realize the economic times are tough, but the Iowa River doesn’t care about the economy.”
Does Mitch Gross have no shame? What an emotionally manipulative thing to say.
Yes Mr. Gross, the economic times are tough, and it is ignorantly arrogant of you - or any other city or county elected official for that matter - to think that you know how to ward off Mother Nature. The Coralville spillway has been overtopped just twice since going into operation in 1958, and you want to spend $54 million of our dollars on flood mitigation that won't work. Those post '93 flood mitigation dollars did a lot of good huh? Who told you building a dwelling right next to the river was a good idea?
It should be noted that County Auditor Tom Slocket suggested to make the expiration date of the tax coincide with the general election date.
Gee, what a coincidence huh? On the four-year deal that means the tax is *supposed* to expire on June 30, 2013. That means tax-loving liberals (they LOVE to spend other people's money) of the cities and the county will have time to campaign for a renewal vote for the tax during the 2012 general election. Slockett must have been sober this morning!
PROPOSED: That city governments and the Johnson County Board of Supervisors be REQUIRED to set aside money in their annual budgets for storm/natural disaster recovery and relief.
How is it that we have let our city and county governments to completely FAIL to save for a rainy day?
After the '93 flood and the lessons we supposedly learned there, had our so-called leaders had the wisdom to set aside - as is a common sense and RESPONSIBLE thing to do - we wouldn't be hearing this bogus call for a tax hike today.