Libertarian Candidate Say "NO" To Broward "Penny" Tax
- BOCA RATON, FLORIDA, July 31, 2006 This November Broward voters will
be given the power to determine their financial future. On the ballot
will be a proposal to increase Broward's sales tax by nearly 17% to
pay for additional mass transit for Broward County.
Karl Dickey, Libertarian candidate for State Senate in District 30
said today, "The government wants to suck another $260+ million each
year from the residents and tourists in Broward County to fund a
project that has proven to be lackluster at best. If it is such a
great project, perhaps we should find private companies to come in to
run the system. We need to move from a system where everyone pays to a
system that users pay. Aren't we all paying enough in taxes? And they
are trying to market this additional tax as something to make our
lives better? It is being marketed as if `Won't you just throw a penny
in the pot to help mass transit?' but the fact is it is nearly a 17%
increase in the amount of sales tax Broward residents are paying now."
We seem to be adding resident tax dollars to the mass transit system
that only a small portion of county residents use. Shouldn't the
system at this point be self-sufficient and not in need of subsidies
by taxpayers? At the very least our county officials should look at
competitive bidding from the private sector to improve the performance
of its mass transit system.
Karl Dickey added, "Light rail has been a failure and there is no
reason suggest it won't continue to be a drain of taxpayer money for
years to come. Government-run bus systems are rarely self-sufficient.
We need to see either a completely private bus system or at most a
public-private bus system partnership. Coupled with increased
telecommuting and synchronized traffic signals, exclusive busways,
adding HOT and FAST lanes (amongst other ideas) would prove to be
positive steps toward less congestion and faster commutes around