Where do all the taxes go?

April 5, 2014 

Watching, listening and reading, I find many articles dealing with potholes in streets, streets too narrow to allow parking and passing, bridges, sewers and storm drains inadequate. These stories are repeated over and over again; same problem, all areas, by all taxpayers.

The answer is always the same, "It is on the agenda," "We are working on that," "Well, we need money," "We need to increase taxes." No one knows where the tax money goes.

Funny, with all of the collected money from property tax, sales tax, sewer tax, gas tax, phone taxes, special taxes, there is never any money to maintain, design or improve infrastructure items ... without requiring a new tax to solve the problem. I see few infrastructure, maintenance or new projects being accomplished except by federal grants.

Are these taxes just for paying salaries and pensions of those who have been appointed to positions for political favors performed in maintaining power control?

Where are the crews and the budgeted funds to support the maintenance and provide for future replacement of the infrastructure? Just wondering.

Problem: Townships are not needed, there are too many members on school, city, county and election boards, too many school districts, superintendents and assistants. Too many cooks spoil the broth. I know, "That is the way it has always been done."

Question: Are there any real engineers, law enforcement personnel, managers or people with supervisory experience in positions of actual authority, without political allegiance?

Lew Hiatt

Belleville

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