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Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Calumet County Sales Tax to Increase?

Calumet County is considering adding a half-cent sales tax.  The theory is it will help reduce property taxes. Good luck with that. How about reducing spending? Government jobs nationwide have been increasing, government salaries have remained bloated, while jobs that contribute to the economy have been declining and salaries dropping. Let's cut the size of government before we cut the economy even more.

While on the topic of spending, has anyone noticed how many of our expensive concrete roads in this area are torn up and rebuilt year after year? Out in southeast Appleton, Midway Road and nearby roads have been torn up and rebuilt about six times in the past decade. Midway and Plank Road just received two very expensive roundabouts this year. Did we really need to spend so much money at this time of economic crisis?