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Waynesboro spending spree TAKE TWO, or 3.7 million tax dollars

Posted by Stephen on April 3, 2007

It is certainly clear where Nancy Dowdy and the tax and spend portion of Waynesboro City Council felt the 1 million dollars for the Wayne Theatre Alliance is coming from…you.

What is also clear is that Nancy Dowdy, Tom Reynolds and Lorie Smith were not a bit surprised when City Manager Doug Walker recommended a 35% increase in taxes to city property owners. It seems that a surplus of $540,000 just isn’t enough now days. Waynesboro’s city manager and his friends on council, Dowdy, Reynolds, and Smith realize they need an additional 3.7 million dollars to achieve their spending desires.

“I think in order for us to get done what we need to get done, we almost have to keep the tax rate the way it is,” said Dowdy.

It is not enough to be fiscally disciplined. There is no desire to establish a systematic approach to government spending. After all, that would require discipline, planning, and an acknowledgement that government is not a for profit business.

Reynolds, Dowdy, and Smith want to frighten the public. During last year’s elections the trio attempted to convince voters that the sky was falling and only the people’s tax dollars could save the city. The three continue to attempt to convince the public that surpluses of over half a million dollars aren’t real and that the revenue realized in our current surplus pool doesn’t count.

Dowdy is correct. In order for council’s current leadership of Reynolds, Dowdy and Smith to achieve spending goals on publishing books, buying clocks, funding private enterprises such as the Wayne Theatre, and a plethora of additional special projects they must pilfer additional tax dollars. They could not possibly grow spending enough to fund such projects in a single year. Goals such as these would require fiscal planning and budgeting of surplus funds for capital improvements and pet projects at a level they have never considered.

Walker’s suggested budget calls for a $40 million general operating fund, an increase of 13.3% or $4.7 million over the current year’s projections. New expenditures proposed include more than $900,000 for new city employees.

It seems the goal may be to out-spend the expected surpluses as fast as possible opening the door to borrowing money. It’s important to remember that no one is confusing laissez-faire economic principles with the will of this current council leadership. The belief system that is currently in practice is one that adheres to the expanding honey pot theory. This theory believes that government should keep reaching for the honey pot of taxes and when it runs dry you simply raise taxes or borrow money and place it in new, larger pot.

This is a council that has little or no understanding of the principles of scarcity. Resources are limited and government, even Waynesboro’s, has no right to manufacture resources at the expense of the private citizen in the form of raised taxes simply because it’s the easiest thing to do. Their legacy as sitting members of council may depend on it, but it is irresponsible to ignore unfair government taxation in the form of a ridiculous increase in property assessments.

Stephen Winslow is the executive editor of Conservative Viewpoints.


One Response to “Waynesboro spending spree TAKE TWO, or 3.7 million tax dollars”

  1. Andy said

    This trio would not understand the importance of responsible spending if it hit them in the head. Thank you for being a voice of reason.

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