Campbell County Meals Tax
By: Kurt Feigel – Chairman
Campbell County Republican Committee
When most families realizes they are taking in less than they are sending out, they must step back and ask “What Now?” This seems to be an impossibility for most government officials. Those that are tasked with representing the people of their district, can quickly forget that and begin to see the people’s money as their own.
It’s happening in D.C. so why not here too? Well for one thing we don’t have a printing press. Campbell county can’t just make more money out of thin air.
So the solution? Well, if you are the majority of the County Supervisors( Pendelton(R), Falwell(R), Goldsmith(R), Puckett(R),Gunter(I), & Shockley(I) ) it is to institute a meals and occupancy tax. Effectively increasing your taxes to 9% when getting that cup of coffee, McDonald’s breakfast, or whatever else you might buy when eating out.
In a recent News and Advance article they stated that:
The funding gap is expected to grow to $7.5 million in fiscal 2013-2014.
The decline in state revenue for public education is going to be so significant,” said County Administrator David Laurrell, “that without a significant source of additional revenue, public education is going to suffer.
There it is folks. The old standby plea “IT’S FOR THE CHILDREN”. The “we need the money” approach was rejected by 75% of the voters, so now that the schools and the state got addicted to federal stimulus money they can’t conceive of cutting programs across the board and certainly not in the schools.
There have been months when our family could barely pay the rent. There was no choice but to STOP SPENDING. We had to cut all the fun out of our budget for a time to make things work. We didn’t get to go to Chic-Fil-A or Starbucks and all trips were canceled. Our solution wasn’t to knock on our neighbors door and put a gun to their head. I could have said to my neighbor “hey it’s for the children” but would that really have mattered? Theft, and certainly armed theft, is still theft.
Make no mistake. If the meals tax is instituted, it will NEVER go away. It will likely increase. Take the City of Lynchburg for example with their 11.5% meals tax, the highest in the nation. It was sold as a plan “for the children” and “for the roads” and what do we hear constantly from the City of Lynchburg? That they need more! Drive around the city and see if they’ve used the money for the roads. Or the schools for that matter.
You are being lied to and you know it!
This is why elections have consequences. It’s a shame that the Eddie Gunter and Steve Shockley, the so called “Independent Conservatives” who left the Republican Party have within only 2 months become tax and spend liberals.
It’s equally shameful that the candidates who still carry the Republican mantle. Who swore to uphold the Republican creed that contains this; “That fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government” Can’t uphold that creed.
I condemn the Campbell County Supervisory board for this latest attempt to fleece the citizens of the county. It won’t be the people “passing through” as they claim. But, will in fact, be all of us paying this bill.
There is a simple solution. It is painful. It is a reality that every family in Campbell County is facing right now. CUT spending!
The next meeting of the BOS is Tuesday February 7, 2012 at 4 P.M. You need to make your voice heard.