What do you think about Scott County adopting a 1/2 cent sales tax for transportation and transit projects?
45 Registered Statements
Jason Jones inside District2
March 31, 2014, 11:34 AM
With having already extremely high property taxes, very little commercial enterprises and schools that cant seem to stop taking our money. I strongly support NOT raising taxes any further. I think government not only in Scott County but in Minnesota and in Washington needs to learn about responsible spending. What example is our government trying to set? We can spend until all the money is gone and then spend some more and raise your taxes or print more money and deflate the value of our dollar? Lets talk about cutting taxes and allowing families to be able to spend responsibly.
March 31, 2014, 9:43 AM
Please don't raise the taxes.
My family and I make sure all our large purchases are done in Scott County because the sales taxes are less then surrounding counties. Don't chase business away by increasing taxes.
Thom Boncher inside District1
March 31, 2014, 11:02 AM
STILL LOOKING for a little clarity on the scope of this tax.
Is this a half-cent tax on every sale, or a half-cent tax on every dollar of every sale. Someone needs to clarify that.
Generally, I oppose raising taxes. This case is no exception. What return on our investment would people from New Prague, Belle Plaine, Jordan, and the various townships see? Transportation dollars usually flow to Shakopee, Prior Lake, and Savage.
April 12, 2014, 5:20 PM
I would have to say no to any tax.
I don't think you at Scott County are thinking at all. Unemployment is not decreasing, defaults on mortgages are increasing, food prices are increasing at an enormous rate, fuel prices are increasing, today higher than last year. All utility prices are increasing, actually have already increased for this year.
Many seniors are stressed out with social security not covering their expenses. Many others, not seniors, are living off of food stamps, food shelves or month to month, hand to mouth.
Insurance has gone to you know where in a hand basket under Obamacare. Obamacare has destroyed about 1/6 of the insurance/medical industry which means people have to dig deeper into any money they have to pay for medical expenses. Many in the health field are losing their jobs. Obamacare has taken $ 500 million plus out of Medicare, which affects a lot of people, to use in Obamacare.
The middle class of the population has all but been destroyed.
And any tax you conceive hits the middle class and seniors hard.
You are only asking for 1/2 a cent. 1/2 a cent and 1/2 a cent makes a penny. A penny here and a penny there can add up. Especially for those with no extra pennies.
But mostly I cannot fathom why anyone would want us to give any more of our hard earned money to the or any government.
All the government seems to do is take our pennies and put more regulation on us as citizens.
And I for one am tired of regulations on us, while the "politicians" get rich and richer. Crooks they seem to be.
So a big NO to any tax.
Maybe instead you could find a way to give us a tax refund.
April 12, 2014, 4:55 PM
No, no, no and no. Did I say no yet?
Any transportation and transit projects should be supported by the gas tax. Forcing the gax tax out of the general fund is the proper thing to do. If and when that is done there will be more than enough money to support transit in all of Minnesota. It is because most of that money goes into the general fund to other sources is where we have issues.
I know doing that will not fix the problem but it will isolate on what is needed and what is not by exposing what the gas tax is going towards today. In other words, it will force other areas to a different source of funding but will make them stand on their own.
If this was forced down our throats which it could.
- We need an absolute hard lined sunset date.
- We need provisions forcing transportation and scott county.
- We need a snapback to eliminate the tax, if the environment changes, like being forced into joining the other counties for what ever reason.
- We need a guarantee if any other increases in taxes over the next ten years this gets repealed. (Implying the sunset date would be 10 years) (Also, implying this would be the only increase on the books in the next 10 years)
Dean Benson inside District2
April 4, 2014, 11:19 AM
I am against any sales tax increase. I don't see any guarantee that this increase will stay in Scott County. I understand it to say it CAN stay in Scott County. Also, there was an amendment for the voter's a few years ago.It was a transportation bill implying it was going for metro roads but in fact went towards light rail. No matter how pleasant & honest our public officials present themselves to push their programs, I don't believe them. Their track records show they usually lie to us. I am old enough to remember the original 3% state sales tax. It was only temporary until the desired funds were raised. We can see were that went. What is our current sales tax now? Stop spending on foolish items & programs & start controlling fraud & waste!
April 1, 2014, 5:56 PM
Well nobody likes new taxes, but I would rather impose a 1/2 cent tax in Scott county and have that money stay in our county. Much better than going into the whole metro area funding for transit. That way we control it instead of those who may not even live in our county and could care less about the roads here.
Rob Mishica inside District1
April 1, 2014, 10:19 AM
As a Jordan resident already taxed to the hilt with very little to show for it, I disagree with yet another tax hike that will provide little to no advantage to a slowly dying city. In disagreement with Jordan's Mayor Shaw, many, including myself, do notice these continuing tax increases as a shopper, commuter and property owner, and make a point of doing a majority of my purchases as far away from Jordan and Scott county as is possible as a matter of principle, thus supporting communities that are making positive changes. Opinions like this from our "representatives" is evidence of the disconnect from the government that exists, and hopefully what this site may begin to reveal.
March 31, 2014, 5:29 PM
This item needs clarification. The way I read the article is that the Met Council is going to hit Scott county with a half cent sales tax and the County wants to add a half cent sales tax that exclusively goes to the County. Is this correct? Has the half cent from the Met Council been approved? I am normally against any tax increase, but may agree to the half cent to the County if it was used exclusively for road repair and maintenance. If it is just going into the County slush fund I am totally against it. The list of needed items published by the County is unbelievable. I will comment on them at a later time.
Mike Shaw inside District1
March 31, 2014, 2:53 PM
Mike Shaw, Mayor City of Jordan
I support the 1/2 cent sales tax proposal for Scott County. We pay an additional tax traveling outside our county and we don't notice it. I believe very few shoppers do? Perhaps we could see improvements in some of the roads in the county?
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