Below is the argument and rebuttal against the Monterey-Salinas Transit District Tax. I was one of the signers. This language will appear in the Nov. 4, 2014 Voter Booklet.
Argument Against Measure Q
This year’s ballot is awash with tax-generating measures to increase sales taxes, school bonds, hotel transient occupancy tax and transit tax. Further, there will be a number of expensive tax measures at the state level. One would have to be brain-dead to vote for boosting taxes when most governmental bodies spend wildly without much transparency or care while their public employees enjoy obscenely high salaries, health care benefits and bloated pensions. To the overtaxed, it seems that the only purpose of the taxpayer is to foot the bill.
The Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) has no qualms about spending taxpayers’ money freely. They agreed in their Jan. 2014 board meeting to spend up to $100,000 of taxpayers’ funds to research the feasibility of this tax measure. And who can forget their failed attempt two years ago to create a huge maintenance/operations facility at the 58-acre Whispering Oaks business park in Fort Ord, for which they sunk over $4.5 million into design work. Guess who paid for that debacle!
This tax is just another attempt at empire-building. The MST has been seeking more office space, newer buses that are usually less than half full, and more facilities. The MST say they want additional taxpayers’ funds just to help senior citizens, veterans and people with disabilities, but such nice-sounding language comes from their advertising consultants. Who knows if that is true? The German philosopher, Nietzsche, saw through such political smoke screens, observing that “everything the government says is a lie.”
Perhaps not everything, but spin-doctoring often brings home the proverbial bacon in the form of a large revenue stream from taxpayers. This farce needs to stop. Vote NO on Measure Q.
Rebuttal Against Measure Q.
All too often, governmental bodies behave like criminals. When MST district mailed out thousands of flyers announcing a meeting to let the public know about their proposed tax for the Nov. 4, 2014, ballot, they failed to mention the location. When several taxpayers found the location, they asked for another meeting. But their pleas were ignored and the MST board voted to put the tax on the ballot with almost no public comments, because almost nobody knew the location. The MST did not want the public at their July 14 meeting! They apparently wanted their meeting held in secret. This is almost criminal, perhaps bordering on consumer fraud.
Over 2,500 years ago, Greek philosopher Aristotle made an astute observation. He warned: “Subjects are also kept poor by payment of taxes.” And this is the point. The Transit tax is not small when considering the high salaries, pensions and health benefits of public employees that most taxpayers can only dream about.
To the insulated bureaucrats, it seems that they never have enough money. In fact, we could give every penny we own to the various government agencies, and it would still not be enough. No more new taxes! Vote NO on Measure Q.