Samuels: Summit County’s ballot item 1A too vague for your vote
October 16, 2014
I am urging a no vote against measure 1a. This measure is just too vague and would possibly leave the county open to litigation. Reading the measure, it would run for 8 years. The initial levy would be 2.417 mils. Where I live in Ruby Ranch, my current Summit County mill levy is 12.879 according to Summit County's web site. Are there mill levy's expiring this year or not? If this is an 8-year levy, how come some of the areas for spending the money are items that would be with us forever, such as ambulance and water?
For the 911 upgrades, are we really at end of life on our current system? Are our neighboring counties ahead or behind us right now in capabilities? Are we doing a total upgrade in one shot, or are we buying it piece by piece over 8 years and ending up with a mess? My understanding is we are right now more capable than our neighbors, so I question the need for upgrades
For ambulance, how does the arbitrary way in which Red, White & Bljue fire district getting into the ambulance service play into the county asking for more money.
For water, this is as vague or perhaps more so than the ambulance portion of this measure. What specific areas need to be dealt with that 8 years worth of funding will suffice? Are any superfund sites, and if so if the county takes them over, do they assume the liability?
In short, the county can clear up these questions and come before the voters again in either 6 months or a year. I don't think that the world will end if this measure is defeated (although it might if passed).
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