Pixel Tracker

Friday, March 22 , 2019, 4:16 am | Fair 47º

 
 
 

Letter to the Editor: Vote No on Measure S

Measure S is highly misleading. Rather than ask for what is needed to pay for a new jail, the sheriff has created a sales tax monster that would cost twice as much as is required and be in effect for the next 14 years.

At a time when families and small businesses are struggling to balance budgets and are learning to get by with less, local government bureaucrats and our elected officials are still avoiding living within their means.

If one is to actually believe that a new jail is necessary — and many don’t — then the amount of money asked for should be the amount it takes to build the jail. That would be an honest proposition. As it is, the slush fund created by Measure S would be split three ways among law enforcement, fire departments and intervention programs.

I suppose the idea was to get people behind spending money on public safety and more social programs. I doubt it will work. It is obvious that the real winners here would be local governments, which can avoid dealing with the hard decisions of cutting out the fat.

Government needs to learn to balance the budget just like everyone else, and that includes putting money aside for future capital expenditures. Social programs for those breaking the law are not the kind of frills our county needs right now.

If anyone wants to see the result of this kind of liberal mindset, where the hijacking of personal responsibility becomes the government’s mission, just take a look at lower Milpas Street, where the City of Santa Barbara has created a blighted zone of drunks, dopers and misfits with its open door homeless shelter.

It is said that if Measure S passes, our sales tax would go down. This is not true. Our state sales tax is due to drop 1 cent, and if the sheriff’s tax passes we would get a net drop of a half-cent. The Sheriff’s Department and government in general need to get back to basics, and that includes using simple math. If you need X amount of money, don’t ask for 2X.

Vote no on Measure S.

John Culbertson
Carpinteria

Support Noozhawk Today!

Our professional journalists work tirelessly to report on local news so you can be more informed and engaged in your community. This quality, local reporting is free for you to read and share, but it's not free to produce.

You count on us to deliver timely, relevant local news, 24/7. Can we count on you to invest in our newsroom and help secure its future?

We provide special member benefits to show how much we appreciate your support.

Email
I would like give...
Great! You're joining as a Red-Tailed Hawk!
  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.