GRANOLAPARK • BY GILBERT
Dear County Council,
You know that money you gave to Takoma Park? The tax duplication rebate of $650,000?
PLEASE, take it back!
Turns out most of our elected city councilmembers* – the same ones who rail against tax duplication and horrible county politicians (you guys) who are KEEPING OUR MONEY – are KEEPING OUR MONEY!
It’s such a nice, cozy lump of cash they want to curl up with it and never let it go. Oh, well, maybe they will, but not now. Not yet. Maybe in January. Yeah, January.
Because, you know, stuff might happen, they say. A Republican might win, the recession could get worst, the county/state/feds/robots/aliens might take away some other source of funds. And then we’d NEED that $650,000 real bad.
So, take the money back, county council! Hold onto it until we can elect a new city council. A council that can remember where that money comes from in the first place and will return it to the taxpayers. This city council, it seems, is just a pack of . . . politicians.
The local issue of tax duplication was good for playing to voter’s outrage by blaming high city taxes on the county. It was good for getting votes by pledging to deal once and for all with you evil county politicians.
But, now that they’ve done it, and you formerly -evil county counselors handed over the lucre, the city council got the worst case of Gold Fever since Humphrey Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. As the old prospector says “I know what gold does to men’s souls.” The city council don’t need no stinkin’ badges, either, all they had to do was vote on it.
We look forward to seeing you guys ride in like the federales on fork-lifts, bringing justice with you, and taking the cash back!
*The notable exceptions being councilmembers Seth Grimes and Terry Seamens, who at the May 21 meeting adamantly argued for returning the money to the taxpayers via a tax rate reduction. The council majority voted to keep the un-reduced rate – and the money.