Gee, thanks Ryan! THC thinks that hiring a firm to poll the public on whether they want a higher sales tax is an absolutely fantastic use of funds and energy.
From tomorrow’s B.o.S. agenda:
Okay, okay, tomorrow is just a discussion of the potential for implementing a 30-year sales tax for the purpose of funding infrastructure improvements. And as the Supervisors’ appointed representative to HCAOG (the agency that first brought the proposal forward) it’s kind of his job to bring the discussion to the County level. Cool, good job Ryan. (It literally hurts us to say things like that, FYI.)
However, that doesn’t change the fact that there is some really terrible thinking behind this. Hiring a polling firm to sound out the public’s thoughts will cost about $30,000. From the report being presented to the Supervisors tomorrow:
You can read the entirety of that report by going through the County’s agenda for tomorrow.
Now, it’s undeniable that the County roads need some serious frickin’ help. And THC isn’t absolutely against the idea of a tax that would expressly be used to update our road system (surprising, right?). You know how we revile taxes.
But we also seem to recall that we got pretty screwed on the last tax measure that was passed last year. And what about that other proposed tax increase set to hit the ballots in the very near future?
Something that’s also concerning about HCAOG’s $30k proposal is that HCAOG is the source of some truly, uh, mind-expanding work. Seriously, read the report found in tomorrow’s B.o.S. agenda – you’ll get a kick out of it!
One of our favorite parts was this:
Unfortunately, the conversation that HCAOG started was based off some pretty old data, hailing from the bygone days of 2008. Which, hopefully, means that more people have pulled their heads out of their asses to realize the County is way, way off course. (Kind of like a certain intrepid explorer of times long past – Happy Columbus/Native Indigenous People’s Day, Humboldt!)
At that time, Humboldt’s voters’ primary concerns looked like this (according to HCAOG):
THC has a feeling that the primary concerns have changed just a wee bit. However, we shudder to think of the cost that was required to create this now outdated report – and we also shudder to think someone at HCAOG will read this, and say “Hey Ryan, how much more could we squeeze out of taxpayers to fund another wasteful study?”
So what do you think, THC fans? Want to pay more for smoother rides throughout the County?
Hopefully any of those “transportation” funds won’t be misappropriated to study cutting down trees at the Arcata-McKinleyville-Eureka-Redwood-California-Coast Airport like they did to the Measure Z funds here and here.