The Council will be meeting this Thursday to make a decision on moving forward with bringing the matter of raising the local income tax to a vote, please realize there will not be voting to increase the tax on Thursday, only voting to consider pursuing the issue of a tax increase.
The Towns have recently completed and presented a public safety plan to the Council. Now that each of the municipalities has come forward, I believe that before pursuing an increase it is now time for the County to develop a plan. A plan which includes the information presented from the municipalities as well as one that meets the needs of County which should include plans for saving for a new jail as well as increases in personnel to meet the needs of the Warrick County Sheriff’s Office.
I am of the opinion that our county needs a comprehensive public safety plan. In order for our County and Towns to be successful we have to look at and meet the needs of the County as a whole. It is simply much more fiscally responsible to share and combine our resources and consider our strengths and weaknesses while moving forward in plan development. Taking this issue on in haste removes much of the transparency and responsibility that we as a County owe you, our constituents.
I am unsure how the rest of the Council feels on this matter, but I do see it being inevitable that sometime in the future the Council will bring this matter to a vote. I am simply asking the Council and the Towns that we take our time in matters such as these so that we can have the best outcome for our county, municipalities and residents.
Please know that I am fully in support of a County Public Safety Committee, this does not mean I am in support of raising taxes. I am very much in support of our law enforcement and fire personnel; I am simply not sure that raising taxes is a necessity
I think there are other ways to improve revenue and fiscal outcomes for public safety needs and forming a committee is a good place to start reviewing revenue options. With that being stated, I am only one elected official, and it takes a group of like-minded people to reach outcomes such as these. And, in politics, as you well know, we do not always share the same values or opinions on matters such as these. This is why your input is so important; as I am here to serve and represent you.
I have attached the Towns public safety plan for your review. I have yet to read the plan, I am on vacation this week and will be reading this over the next few days. I ask that you as a resident also take the time to read the plan and reach out to me and other council and or town members with your thoughts, concerns and questions. Your insight and knowledge regarding these matters is very important to me and we would love to see you at the meeting Thursday.