Once again, the commissioners of Douglas County prove that fiscal responsibility is an alien concept.
The law enforcement driver training center and the crime lab are two more projects that are unneeded and an abuse of the intent of the Justice Center sales tax fund.
The fund exists because we voted for a sales tax to build the Justice Center but it was worded to allow the commissioners and the sheriff to go on spending sprees. If you were presented with these projects as a ballot issue, knowing that you would be taxed for them, would you vote for them? I am willing to bet you wouldn't and they would lose.
The Justice Center is a facility that serves the county well. As the county grows, especially with the additional retail business, the sales tax fund will continue to increase. Rather than use the money collected for more Justice Center related projects that have questionable benefit to the citizens of Douglas County, why don't we apply the money where it is really needed, for example, to our roads. Applying the revenue to the general fund and lowering our property taxes by an equal amount will allow the county to deal with the impact of future growth and present maintenance while allowing you to keep a little bit more of the money you earn.
One of the commissioners, Lora Thomas, is looking to make this change but she will need support from the voters. When Commissioner Thomas was elected coroner, she took over a department rife with inefficiency and a bloated budget. Thomas cleaned up that mess and returned more than $1 million to the taxpayers.
Help Commissioner Thomas do the same for the rest of the county. Contact her and get the facts. Also contact the other commissioners and tell them enough is enough. Demand that they put this issue on the ballot so we can re-purpose this tax for projects that are really needed.