April 17, 2007

Election Observations.

Today I voted and I want to make jot down some of my experiences at the poll this morning for all of your entertainment.

The local election board must be hurting for election judges. I practically had four judges begging me to volunteer to be an election judge. Why I donít know, since I didnít know any of them. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that they were all Republicans and Democrats and my voter registration has me listed as Independent. Thatís right, I wonít side with either of the tyrannous parties. And no I donít trust any party any further then I would trust my kids with a child molester.

I voted pretty early this morning, in fact I was only the twelfth voter in my precinct at that time. Where I live the election judges wear nametags that have their name and political party affiliation listed on it. Now, Iím not trying to make any generalizations here, but I noticed something unusual. Out of the 6 judges I encountered three were dressed nicely, the guys wearing dress pants and shirts or sweaters the one lady wearing a nice, but casual, pants suit. They all looked well kempt and groomed. The other three were wearing clothes that I feel are fine for around the house, but not out in public. Definitely not as a representative of the election board and the city of Rockford. Hell one was wearing a muumuu. Yea, a muumuu. Muumuu lady looked like she rolled out of bed threw on some shoes and headed to the polls. Her hair was not brushed. The other two also looked like they didnít take any pride in their appearance. At this point I noticed that the three nicely dressed had Republican listed on their nametags, the three poorly dressed and Democrat listed on their nametags. Iím not saying that is true everywhere, just at 6:20 AM at my polling place.

Finally the City of Rockford has been pushing to get a one percent sales tax increase. This is the second time they have tried to get it. Now at first this was just to repair the roads in the Rockford area, then it was to help improve the infrastructure. They claim this is going to lower our property taxes and distribute the burden to people visiting Rockford. Last year this tax was voted down. Iím not so sure it will this year. Mainly because the people of Rockford seem to like being taxed to excess. I will admit that this method for funding Road repair is better then the way they use to do it, bonds. They would sell bonds and then pay them back with interest, itís like using a credit card to make major purchases you canít afford. You end up paying a lot more due to interest.

Folks, to be honest I like my money. I want my money and I want to spend my money. I donít like either of these taxes. So I was asked how I would fund the road repairs and this is what I said, ďI own a home. I want new windows, a new front door and new carpet. Iíve been saving and have the money to pay for those things. Then I find out my roof is needs repairing and it needs it badly. Since I manage my money, I wonít finance or take a loan (unless there is no interest). That means I have to find someone that will do a good job and be relatively cheap to make the repairs. That also means I put off getting something or things done so I can pay for the others. I do NOT go to my employer and demand a 5% raise to help me pay for everything this year. My employer would laugh and say no. I need to budget for it.Ē

That stands the place here. I think the city needs to control itís spending, especially on the nonessential projects, and budget better. The Mayorís (The dishonorable Larry Morrissey) office needs to realize that they are here to serve the citizens, not that the citizens are serfs for the Morrissey Empire.

What I can tell you is that if this Sales Tax passes, Iím taking my business outside the city of Rockfordís limits. Remember, this is just for the city of Rockford, Businesses in Cherry Valley, Machesney Park, Loves Park, New Milford, etc donít have to add this one percent to their tab, just the state/county 7.25%. Sure one percent is not that big of a difference, only 1 dollar more for each 100 spent. When you do the math on what all you spend in a year and figure out how much that extra 1 percent adds up, you realize that DAMN, it adds up after a while. This tax goes on all services (hair dressers, mechanics, tailors, etc) it also applies to restaurants. I think the only thing it doesnít apply to is groceries, medication and titled property.

The polls closed two hours ago. Weíll see what happens, but right now with 22% in itís a yes on the Sales Tax. Which means my business is all outside of the city now. I really need to move.

Posted by Contagion in General at April 17, 2007 08:02 PM | TrackBack

Then I expect you got get out and patch the hell hole that is down my street!! Even when the Batmobile was running I avoided driving in Rockford due to the fact that Fred Flinstone had better roads then here.

Posted by: Bruce Wayne at April 17, 2007 09:45 PM

Hey - my house is technically still on the market! :-)

Posted by: Richmond at April 18, 2007 10:13 AM

Morons don't know how to get a tax increase. If they'd just claim it won't cost any money and it's for the children, it would get about 75% support. That's how they do them down this way.

And Mecklenburg has a higher sales tax than surrounding counties -- so the last HUGE mall that went up appeared just over the county line. Many restaurants are appearing in similar locations.

Posted by: Ogre at April 18, 2007 11:46 AM

The argument I HATE most when they are trying to wheedle more taxes out of me:

"It's not that much. It will only cost you XX amount per year or per $100."

My response...

"If it's not that much then you don't need it. If it's such a small amount of money, you won't miss it either."


Posted by: Teresa at April 18, 2007 01:15 PM

Great - it passed :/ So now not only do we have 8.25% sales tax, that also means that if I sell something to somebody who doesn't live in town (which is usually the case when I sell to an IL resident) that means I lose 2% on each of those sales because I'm not going to screw non-residents into paying the extra city/county sales taxes.
I don't have enough IL sales for it to be a heavy hit for me, but for bigger companies this can be a good chunk of lost cash, or lost business if clients start pulling out because you're padding the extra cost into your sales (sales taxes don't apply just to stuff you buy at Target - I'm thinking bigger picture here).
Not to mention the local road crews haven't been able to get the roads right in at least as long as I've been driving, and I'm sure much earlier. I don't think extra cash is going to fix that.

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