Voting yes means revenue stays in region
As a lifelong resident and current businessman in Rochester, I support renewing the local-option half-cent sales tax and want to address some misconceptions.
I have known Fran Bradley for many years and enjoy his friendship. But in regards to the city sales tax, I would have to disagree with his commentary in the July 21 edition of the Post-Bulletin.
The projects that would be funded by the sales tax are not a "wish list" but a necessary and critical list that addresses the current and future needs of a maturing and growing community. They are projects that will be paid for with revenue from the sales tax (up to 50 percent is paid by visitors) while at the same time minimizing property tax increases. Voting "Yes" does not add to the public debt or the size of government, but instead means that all of the revenue stays here in our community and region and meets every reasonable test of fiscal responsibility and accountability.
A decision to renew the half-cent sales tax supports jobs and economic development, pubic safety, improved transportation, higher education, our youth and seniors and the community reinvesting in itself for a more positive future. Doing so will also send a strong message that we do care about our community's needs.
Please join me in this effort. It's common cents. Vote yes.