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Sat, Feb. 22

Letter: Concentrate election on money for streets


I hope the city council gives the voters an opportunity to right a wrong, and get things back to where they should be in the coming vote on the road tax.

Voters approved the first road tax in Sept. 26, 1995, 1 percent for 10 years, and was on course to raise $100 million in that time frame.

In 2000 folks looking for a way to impede growth decided all they would have to do is buy up open space before the developers and make what was left unaffordable.

They knew the voters would reject on open space proposal overwhelmingly, because we live in the middle of an abundance of beautiful open space, and we usually don't pay for something we get for free.

Bottled water is the exception.

They then decided the only way to get money was to go to the voters with a new proposal, an extension of the road tax with a parasite attached called open space spending. They fooled enough voters to approve the initiative by about 300 votes, thus negating what voters had approved two to one five years earlier.

This act has cost the taxpayers $42 million that could have gone to road projects that have since "gone a begging."

Let's make it simple once again, a 1 percent sales tax for roads only, 15 or 20 years either one. I will vote for it and so will most Prescott voters.

Do not cut it down to three quarters of a percent to reserve room for a future open space grab, we will need the full 1 percent to meet our needs.

Government should do for the people what they cannot do for themselves. I can't build roads and, but I've got more than enough open space.

Daiton Rutkowski


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