Saturday, July 07, 2012
Yes, despite the rhetoric and class warfare coming from the left these days, Toledo Democrats have proven, one again, that they want more taxes from the poor and middle class.
Tuesday, in a strictly party-line vote, the Democrats on Toledo City Council, led by Lindsay Webb, District 2, and Steve Steel, At-Large, voted to put a 1 mill recreation levy on the ballot in November. At-Large Councilmen Rob Ludeman and George Sarantou, along with District 5 Councilman Tom Waniewski, all Republicans, voted no.
Note - the Democrats voted to tax the poor and middle class while the 'evil' Republicans, who are only supposed to care about the 'rich,' voted not to.
Now, they'll claim they're only giving citizens the ability to vote on the measure. But they're going to raise money to promote the levy and encourage you to say yes to raising taxes on the poor and middle class.
Toledo's median income is only $32,325. As $103,000 is considered to be 'rich' (top 10% of wage earners) and there are only 7,981 households in Toledo that make $100,000 or more, this means that Toledo Democrats want to tax the remaining 119,016 middle and low income households in order to get more money for parks.
Now, these are 2009 figures, so I'm guessing that there are probably a few more households in the below $100,000 range than there used to be as a result of the economy and job losses in the area.
So at least 94% of the households in Toledo are middle or low income and Toledo City Council just voted to increase their taxes - not to pay for essential city services like roads or infrastructure or even police and fire protection.
No - this is for parks and recreation and to 'enhance the quality of life' of Toledoans. And let's not forget - it's 'for the children.'
Apparently, they've either forgotten or already spent the money from the additional red light cameras that was supposed to go toward funding these exact programs.
We're taxed enough already and this is just one of seven levy requests that we'll vote on in November.
And in case you were wondering, yes, this does qualify as 'stuck-on-stupid.'
As I've said in the past, my quality of life would be MORE enhanced if all the 'I-know-what's-best-for-you' politicians would quit raising my taxes.
I hope you agree.