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Guest Opinion

Whereas the taxpaying working residents of Johnson County already pay some of the highest Federal ($16,100+ per family), State ($2,300+ per family), and County taxes ($1,940+ per family) of any county in the U.S.A.,
And
Whereas increasing taxes in a time of significant economic recession is not good for either the consumers or the economy overall,
And
Whereas a Sales Tax is regressive, hurting the poorest of us the most (+1 percent sales tax = +$16.9 million dollars a year in taxes paid in Johnson County),
And
Whereas the Federal and State governments are already acting to provide significant tax revenues to assist in the recovery and mitigation efforts from the 2008 floods,
And
Whereas the local Johnson County and City governments of Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty and other communities should re-prioritize their existing budgets and tax revenues to address any additional flood recovery efforts,
Be it Hereby resolved:
We are speaking out in opposition to the May 5 vote to increase the Sales Tax by one penny on the dollar, or a 17 percent tax increase, and encourage all voters and office holders in Johnson County, whether Republican, Democrat, or Independent, to join us in \Axing the Tax