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Letter to the editor: Fiscal reality check for Summit County commissioners

Chris Dorton

Sorry, Summit County commissioners, but the answer is “no.” You’ve put many new tax issues on the ballot over the past several years that have created a raft of new services. Now you face the prospect of having to make decisions regarding which ones to keep or fund at a lower level. That’s your job! Do you think the taxpayers in this county can snap their fingers and come up with additional money to fund your never-ending wish list? My property taxes go up every year, Gallagher or no Gallagher. 

When times are good, you increase spending and add new services with no thought to whether future revenues will ever go down. We never hear any complaints when tax revenues set records almost monthly as they did for most of 2019. When revenue inevitably goes down, you increase mill levies, add additional taxes or ask for an exemption to make up the shortfall. Learn to live within your budget like the rest of us must do.

In our house, there is a hard question we ask each other before new spending is undertaken. Is this a “must-do” or a “like to?” If times are tight, “like tos” are deferred until additional money is available. Only “must-dos” are funded from what is already available. I suggest the Summit Board of County Commissioners adopts a similar fiscal restraint policy and doesn’t undertake additional spending unless a dependable, steady source of funding in good times and bad is available. Oh, by the way, everything isn’t a “must-do.”

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