By ROD ROGERS We are going to be electing a new county executive this year....
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Is Mr. Rogers testing the waters? Is he going to throw his hat into the ring. Good luck finding this person. So far we have a lousy legislator and a cry baby.
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Mark Thomas had vision and was a leader. Imagine had he been able to consolidate government and reduce waste. Maybe the school systems wouldn't be in major contraction right now, which is a symptom of an exodus of working families. Maybe the next county executive can convince the legislature to bring back the 3 year tax rule and give property owners some breathing room. That one change coincides with the beginning of people moving out of the county.
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The "3 year tax rule" puts property owners so far into the hole they can't get out. The "2 year rule" is much better. Remember that people that do not have the banks collect and pay their taxes have no mortgage. They should be in a better position to pay their taxes than those that have mortgages.
As much as I dislike unions the answer to our problems might be for taxpayers to form a union. As individuals we can all complain about the conditions in our county but it's like spitting in the ocean, it has no impact. As individuals we have no power and no influence. The traditional political parties are worthless because they don't represent their constituants on the big issues we face. As an organized group of taxpayers we would have the power to make changes because we would, as a group, have clout in the voting process. I think it's obvious that no one hears our suggestions or complaints about local government but just imagine, if we had a group of 10 or 20 thousand voters in a solid group, dedicated to forcing change. We would have the power to influence elections and change the course of history for our area.
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