Letter: Budget should be balanced without tax increase
To the Editor:
As past co-chairman for consolidation, I must address the recent tax increase proposal. For those of us who spearheaded and worked to bring about the consolidation of the Kansas City, Kan., and Wyandotte County governments, the 2002 budget proposal from the county administrator is shocking.
Recent tax reductions were perceived to have resulted from improved efficiency, but this apparently is not the case.
It appears that the surplus fund has been depleted, and the rent the Unified Government pays for space has doubled. Furthermore, personnel costs have increased, not decreased. I do not believe that administrator has recognized or used the tools provided to him by consolidation to streamline government.
I recognize all of the good things that have happened since consolidation, and I fully appreciate the consequences to this community if consolidation had not occurred. However, the primary mandate of consolidation was a reduction in taxes. Until last month, we were led to believe another tax rollback was possible.
The budget must be balanced without a tax increase. I call upon the county administrator to submit to our Commission a budget with no tax increase.
Hope is over the horizon, increased property values and the Tourism District will soon ease our budget problems. A tax increase now would have an enormous negative effect on our community and slow down the progress we are making.
Representative, 32nd District