I was extremely disappointed to read the article about lowering the millage rate for our property taxes.
Of course, I don't like paying taxes any more than the next person, but I'm a realist.
The services and infrastructure we enjoy as residents of Dawson County don't come for free, and they add immeasurably to our quality of life and our safety.
Before we make any rash moves to limit the growth of our income, let's ask ourselves some important questions: Do we have the money to attract and retain the very best employees in the county? Does the sheriff's office have the money it needs to attract, train and retain the highest quality candidates, perhaps some with prior experience? Are our roads being maintained to the highest standard? Does our library have the funding it needs to buy materials and to hire the staff it needs to best serve the community? Are they able to staff the satellite branch so that it can be open for more hours to better serve the eastern half of the county? And what about a full-out branch to serve the 400 corridor and east, what with all the growth we expect? Are the funds there to support that? Does parks and recreation have all the staff they need to facilitate programs and maintain the parks? How about the Bowen? The Senior Center? The Humane Society?
I'm sure there are many areas I've missed, but I do believe you can get the idea this county would have no problem incorporating some extra dollars into the budget in a way that would improve the quality of life for all of us.
Why put us into a position where we have to say "no" to some of these things?
We are not talking about raising taxes here, just maintaining the status quo.
And with that, if things go as predicted, we could all be enjoying some of the fruits of the development and growth, and improvement to our quality of life.