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To the Editor,

The proposed 0.5% County sales tax has been on a Wish List for some time. Now, some think they have found the perfect way to sell it to us.

First the County Board ap- proved a $25 million consolidated highway shed which increased their borrowed money. Now, they want a County sales tax to bring in $9.5 million annually, so they don't have to borrow again.

They offer to share $1.5 million with other county municipalities and the rest of the tax money would go toward county roads and bridges. Since most towns and villages are fighting the same roads battle, they are hoping to get those Supervisors to vote “Yes”.

But, how far will $1.5 million go for all towns, villages, & cities combined ?

They offer examples showing that a 0.5% County sales tax would only add 9 cents to a case of beer and $4.00 to a new TV. But, make a list of all the things you buy that are taxed now, and that will be the real picture of what you will pay for a new County tax.

A County sales tax, is just that, a new tax. A new tax that will become a “forever” tax.

Sheboygan County is one of 10 counties in Wisconsin that does not yet have a county sales tax. I am proud of the fiscal responsibility shown by past County Boards in voting against a County sales tax and in passing responsible annual budgets.

Since a new road should last for 20 years or more, and there are 450 miles of county roads, that would be an average of 22.5 miles per year to maintain. The County is maintaining approximately 18 miles/year now ...very close to what is needed. I see no need for a new $9.5 million tax.

I favor borrowing money, if the County needs it. Having the Board be accountable at each borrowing request and having to face their citizens each time, rather than having the County Board vote only once on a new “forever” County sales tax.

I too have a Wish List: I wish for a raise in my Social Security check. I wish for gas prices to remain low. I wish for the stock market to make some money for those that have 401k's.

I wish for newspapers to do an article on how past County Board Supervisors voted on the 2010 County sales tax issue. I wish for newspapers to do an article on how the 62 Wisconsin counties are doing since each enacted a county sales tax ? And, how many counties have a sunset date on their county sales tax?

If you do not favor a new “forever” County sales tax, I urge you to contact your County Supervisor and tell him/her how you feel..... now, before it is too late.

Phil Mersberger

Oostburg,


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