asked if he would support any other new taxes to plug the current
budget hole, Jim responded...
sources must be found for the future, or the County will not be
able to meet its mandated roles in public safety and human services.
Accordingly, in order to keep County services at the level most
taxpayers want and expect, I support either the current call for
a cigarette tax, or the Public Safety Sales Tax Referendum. Either
of these revenue sources would allow the County to move forward
without further service cuts. However, this is a choice for the
people of the County to make, and should not be mandated by either
the County Board or the State Legislature.
of these revenue sources come to fruition, it has always been my
position that ‘user fees’ are the preferable way to
pay for County services. The person who uses the service, should
also pay the costs associated with providing that service.
dictates how much we can charge for county services. However, many
of these user fees have not been increased for 10+ years, so we
must now also use property tax dollars to continue providing these
services. If the County must continue providing these services,
the state legislature must allow the County to increase the fees
that pay for these services; otherwise the state should allow us
to discontinue the service. It is not fair that everyone pay for
the special services only a few residents use.
When asked if he would support
a vehicle registration fee for county residents, Jim responded...
city sticker idea is costly, archaic, impossible to enforce and
would end up hurting many of the people the extra funds are supposed
to help. All in all it is a wholly bad idea!
of the program would be several million dollars just to implement.
You have to pay for the cost of the stickers, the extensive number
off staff needed to sell the stickers, the mailing of the forms
out to people, the mailing of the stickers back to the people, and
/ or the outlets that would sell the stickers. In addition, the
city stickers can not be deducted from your federal income tax (property
tax can be deducted).
It is also
difficult, and nearly impossible to enforce. Will the police department
in Aurora write a ticket for failure to have a county sticker? Can
they? Why would they? Who would prosecute the ticket even if they
wrote it? Finally, the Sheriff’s office does not have anywhere
near the manpower needed to enforce the sticker across the county.
the increased funds from a sticker are supposed to be used to help
people who are on a limited income. Yet the sticker will also cost
these same people $50 that they most likely can’t afford.
A large percentage of these people will therefore not be able to
purchase the sticker. A percentage of them will eventually get a
traffic ticket for not having a sticker. So the person on a limited
income, who couldn’t afford the sticker in the first place,
must now not only pay for the ticket, but also the original sticker
they couldn’t afford.
Finally, a percentage of these people will be unable to pay for
the ticket, so they will eventually have their licenses suspended.
This will cancel their insurance. Then the uninsured, suspended
driver (who still doesn’t have a sticker) gets in an accident
with you. So the person who couldn’t afford the sticker now
ends up in jail (costing you money to house then in jail), and you
end up paying higher premiums on your insurance because your insurance
company had to pay for the damages. In the end, everyone looses.