by William Skink
Enough people in our fair community were bamboozled into voting for a gas tax earlier this month. The result is similar to what happens when one is chumming the water: sharks show up.
Now that our elected sharks smell blood in the water, they are circling for more:
Missoula County voters this week approved an additional 2-cent local option fuel tax, though it doesn’t take effect until later this year. City and county officials hope the measure’s passages signals a change of mind among voters who may now be looking for outside revenue to provide relief to local property owners.
“Maybe they’re willing to be creative about other alternatives to property tax,” Slotnick said. “I’m really hoping this opens the gate to have a larger discussion on local option and other things we can do to get our tourism to help pay for some of the infrastructure they enjoy.”
Once again, with all this talk about money and budgets and CREATIVE ALTERNATIVES to the looming financial crisis, not one word in this article mentions the fact the Missoula Redevelopment Agency is sitting on around 35 MILLION dollars of public money.
While the Missoula Current conveniently omits this pool of public money, today at 11:30am City Club Missoula will be hosting a debate on the pros and cons of TIF . Sailor Engen will be making the case for why this slush fund distributed by his hand-picked lackeys is so awesome, and Adam Hertz will try to include all the highly questionable use of public money that has been thrown around this town during the Engen regime.
Go get ’em, Adam!