How is this NOT a rhetorical question?
The Board recently approved placing on the ballot a RENEWAL of the 911 millage. This means that 911 is asking to maintain their current funding. It is NOT an increase. Additionally, this was not a motion to do anything other than place the question before the voters: do you want to maintain 911 funding?
What is amazing is that the Sheriff is not asking for an INCREASE. This millage was approved eight years ago, and it has not changed since. That is amazing! Stop to think how much telecommunications have changed in the past decade. How are they not asking for more?
Have things really changed that much? Well, whip out your old iPhone4 and try loading up your favorite Tik Tok. How’d that work? People were impressed by 3G when this millage was first proposed. Now, you wouldn’t wish 3G on your wife’s new boyfriend. Go to hell, Trevor.
People were still using flip phones then. Remember land lines? Nothing in society has changed faster than telecommunication technology.
It is damned impressive that this millage hasn’t skyrocketed.
Want to know who is not impressed? You guessed it: Politician Jaris Rubingh.
He was recognized for discussion on the motion and the first words out of his mouth:
“Taxation without representation is tyranny.”-Politician Jarris Rubingh
Then, with a straight face, Politician Rubingh told a story about an old widow who only lives up here in the Summer. She can’t vote in Antrim County. Yet, we want to make her pay taxes for 911?
How did nobody explain to the Politician that the one type of person that really needs a reliable 911 service is a little old widow in Ellsworth? How else is the fire department going to get to her house, and get her up off the floor?
There are a lot of widows living in Antrim County. A lot of them have small dogs that they trip over and bust their hip. Others, are just looking for a firefighter to swing by their house, and I don’t blame them. Have you seen some of these firefighters? Yowza! Fire ain’t the only thing that is hot.
We’ve got an aging population, and 911 is pretty damned important.
Again, this proposal is just allowing the people to vote on whether they want this millage to fund 911. Rubingh wants to block the people of his district from voting on whether they want to fund 911. Then, he turns around and claims that giving people the option to vote on something is, in fact, taxation without representation.
Allowing people to vote is tyranny.
Once again the rest of the Board had enough brain cells to not sabotage their own people. Rubingh voted against allowing people to vote on a millage.
Who is he representing at this point?