Letter to the Editor: A challenge
BY Harry Arnold, Tulsa
Friday, February 22, 2013
2/22/13 at 7:33 AM
Mayor Dewey Bartlett and the city pols are talking up more taxes for the various needs of the city. The mayor and council should spend some time reviewing the various non-core governmental functions identified in the KPMG performance study that was released in 2010.
A lot of much-needed money could be obtained by eliminating or diminishing the non-core or duplicate functions that were identified in the study. In doing so, the additional burden of the proposed new/extended taxes on the taxpayer would be eliminated.
Challenge to the city leaders: Review the 1,100 recommendations made by the KPMG study with an eye toward redirecting existing revenue being spent on non-core functions to those core functions that are in need of and worthy of funding. If this were done I'd bet that some of these "temporary" taxes could go away.
I'll not be voting for any additional taxes unless the city leaders undertake a serious look at the non-core and duplicated government functions identified. I encourage my fellow citizens to do the same.
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