I read with interest Doug Ross's April 26 column regarding local government and taxation. I agree with what he says.
As I get older, I find that decisions made and work done by local governments have far more impact on my life than most of those made by either state or federal government. As a result, I am happy to provide additional tax dollars to local governments to get the job done.
But before I do, I have a small requirement. I would like them to convince me they are not wasting what they already have.
Public policy is all about values, and spending, which includes salaries paid to elected officials and bureaucrats, should reflect these values.
I am not saying what these people do is unimportant. What I am saying is that all transactions involve items or services of equal value.
I simply want to be assured that the cost of the services that I pay for are reasonably priced. Isn't that what all consumers want?
- Terry Ferrari, Dyer