Kingman County voters say 'no'
The Kingman County law enforcement center was built when my family lived in Kingman, in 1959. I was nine years old. From photos I’ve seen, the center is in pretty sad shape. Most public buildings outlive their usefulness after 40 or 50 years.
Kingman County voters had a chance to approve a new sales tax and the extension of an existing sales tax to pay for a new $11.8 million law enforcement center and jail. But the voters said “no” last week to a new quarter-cent sales tax that would last for 20 years. They also rejected an existing three-quarter-cent tax extension for 20 years.
Public employees and new jail proponents would argue that such aging facilities are inefficient, often overcrowded, possibly unsafe, and just a depressing place to go to work every day.
Those who oppose new facilities usually argue that their taxes are already too high, and no tax is a good tax.
It’s their town and their county, and they have spoken.
Our thought for today is from George Bernard Shaw:
“Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.”