Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Barry Co. sales tax proposal

Friday, October 21, 2011

Dear Editor:

As the federal government prints trillions of dollars in the name of saving jobs, the people struggling to make ends meet watch the value of their dollar drop steadily. Clothing, food, shelter and fuel costs are rising while peoples' ability to earn diminishes or stays the same.

Barry County government is asking the people for a three-16ths of a cent sales tax increase over the existing one-half cent sales tax. That increase will add more than half a million additional dollars to law enforcement coffers. Our leaders in Washington want to raise taxes and spend more. Our county government wants to raise taxes and spend more. We the people expect to live within our means, and it is time to demand that our governments do likewise.

For those of you who rationalize "It's only seven cents per day;" for those of you who have adequate income to absorb governments' poor management; look about in your daily travels. See the young families who cannot afford a home because the government has made the expense of building, financing and maintaining a home cost prohibitive. Recognize those around you who cannot afford a new car because government has taxed employers out of the country. Observe the people who are walking, riding bicycles or hitchhiking, because the government has made fuel, tires, insurance, licenses, etc. unaffordable.

When you have seen all this, then imagine those who can't afford to feed and clothe their families or heat their houses, much less afford another "seven cents per day" to finance additional law enforcement spending.

We the people of Missouri, in an attempt to control government spending, approved legislation that prevents politicians from raising taxes without our consent. It doesn't seem like an election year goes by when one of our government entities doesn't need more money. It's always for the safety and good of the people with accompanying threats of "cutting services."

We have reached the turning point in the United States and Barry County. It's time to cut spending and live within responsible budgets. We can have an influence. Increased sales tax hits us where we buy necessities. It hurts the people with incomes under $22,000 the most.

There are 10 or more Missouri counties with lower sales taxes. We should strive to reduce our taxes and compete for excellence through efficiency.

Isn't the Barry County's sales tax already one and a quarter cents on every dollar we spend (1.25%)?

We're writing checks our kids can't afford. No more taxes, it's for our children. Please go to the polls and vote no on Nov. 8, 2011.


Joshua, Karen, Joe and Jeremiah Rittenhouse

Wheaton, Missouri