I recommend a “no” vote for the Nov. 5 ballot to support medical research in Jackson County. While this is a worthy cause, increasing the sales tax by a half-cent will further erode the economy of our community.
A recent report by the Lee’s Summit Journal on declining sales tax revenue from local restaurants is supporting evidence. We are still struggling with a recession and government actions and inactions that result in a rising cost of living while unemployment, underemployment and stagnate wages still linger. And who really knows what impact health care costs will have on our budgets once ObamaCare kicks in?
According to the projected revenue, the Jackson County government believes that its residents should pay out $24 million in sales tax while others pay only $16 million. That’s way too much burden for something that benefits the entire metropolitan community of Kansas City.
I’m certain that a bi-state effort would never be approved, after the Truman Sports Complex stadium improvements funding fiasco. Let’s allow Johnson County, Kan. to take on this initiative while we continue to pay for their enjoyment of watching the Chiefs and Royals play ball in modernized venues.