Scare Tactics

bq.We’d be closing libraries. That’s what we’re talking about here. – “Carl Cool”:http://www.newssun.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=3&ArticleID=2991 When I wrote about the “library funding(Florida Library Funding)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2007/04/20/florida last week, I had no thought that they could possibly get worse. But that is the reality if the plan by our new governor were to go into effect.
bq.Crist told residents that help would come this year and said warnings from local government that essential services would be cut were just “scare tactics.” Counties, he said, must spend more responsibly. – “Dianna Cahn(Palm Beach County told to brace for $75 million in budget cuts)”:http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/palmbeach/sfl-pbudget27apr27,0,4928209.story?coll=sfla-news-palm Of course, not everyone is going to agree with me.
bq.Dont fall for the scare tactics when the counties say services will collapse. They said the same thing in California for prop 13 and it didnt happen. In California, property taxes are based on a max of 1 percent of the assessed value. In Florida it is up to 2.8 percent. We should do the same. Most county spending is padded with top heavy pay for their consultants and high brass. Plus waste is epidemic. They need to tighten their belts like everyone else does facing leaner times. – “wacahootaman”:http://www.city-data.com/forum/florida/41500-crist-proposes-huge-tax-cut.html I guess I can hope that the Governor and his supporter are correct and everyone else is just engaged in scare tactics, but I am not quite as confident. Oh, and the first quote above, the one that refers to libraries… those are actually the libraries in which I just happen to work.