I keep reading and hearing about how the proposed gross receipts tax increase will be so small that no one will even miss the piddly amount from their hard earned pay. That’s wrong. I read that it will only be an increase of 12.5 cents for every $100. That’s right, but, I hear that it won’t hurt poor people. That’s wrong.
What really bothers me is that these things are said to be the “truth about the tax.”
“This tax will only be 12.5 cents on every $100 you spend.” OK, Roswell citizens, add up what you spend on everything except food, drugs and gas in any given year here in town. Figure out what that small 12.5 cents actually amounts too during that year. It becomes a pretty hefty number. We’re supposed to feel good that it’s only 12.5 cents on every $100? I don’t think so.
“It won’t pertain to food, drugs and gas.” OK, so out of all the things we buy, this tax increase won’t apply to three products. Stop and think about what else you pay for. Electricity, gas, water, cable, phone, clothing, school supplies, televisions — the list goes on and on. We’re supposed to feel good because this tax won’t apply to food, drugs and gas? I don’t think so.
“This small tax increase won’t hurt the poor.” Any amount of money the government takes away from the poor hurts them. Remember, those less fortunate also have to buy clothing, school supplies, etc. Yet, we are supposed to feel good when we’re told this tax won’t hurt the poor? I don’t think so.
“Roswell needs this tax increase to entice new business.” Any successful, viable businesses won’t need money from the city in order to locate here. Roswell has problems that money can’t solve — high crime rate, unskilled labor force, distance to distribution points, etc. Those reasons and others are why we have lost so many businesses. (TMC, Millennium, Levi, Santa Fe Cookie Co. and more) We’re supposed to feel good about our tax money going to businesses which may or may not stay? I don’t think so.
This tax increase has been brought to ballot twice before, if I remember correctly, and was voted down both times. Let’s vote it down again and let our city leaders know we want to put this baby to bed once and for all!