josh smith's take on crooked taney county taxes
Posted in the Kimberling City Forum
#1 Mar 16, 2013
josh smith -
Tax & Spend = Failed Promises Most taxpayer’s in Taney County have never taken the time to check up on the political subdivisions that collect taxes in this county.
What really goes on at their board meetings? What happens when you request public records? How much do they spend on employee’s salaries? Do the boards actually follow the state law they were formed under? Unfortunately, most citizens can’t answer these simple questions.
On the other hand, there is a small group of citizen’s working hard to keep watch over how tax dollars are spent by the ever-growing list of political subdivisions in Taney County.
How much is enough? Will the citizens of Taney County on April 2nd accept more of the same old rhetoric and live with more taxes, resulting in more failed promises from yet another political board?
I believe there are some facts that taxpayers deserve to know about the individuals managing their tax dollars. These facts just start to tell the story of waste, and over taxation that the citizens of Taney County have experienced for years.
The health department is funded through a 14¢ per $100 of assessed evaluation on property tax. They currently spend 1.5 million dollars a year on just the top 15 highest paid employees.
The developmentally disabled board collects 8.9¢ per $100 of assessed evaluation on property tax. However, they recently spent $650,000 on a church building that is over 15 years old.
The senior board receives their money through 5¢ per $100 of assessed evaluation on property tax; in spite of this the board has yet to provide meals on wheels to all seniors in need, even with a surplus of tax money.
The Branson School district collects $4.02/$100 of assessed evaluation on property tax. They spend over 1.2 million dollars a year on the top 15 highest paid employees. The board also doesn’t allow public comment at their monthly board meetings, and they attempt to restrict access to public records.
The Taney County Ambulance District is funded from a sales tax collected in Taney County. Approximately 70% of their yearly budget consists of payroll and benefits.
According to the director there isn’t an ambulance station East of the Kissee Mills junction because quote,“It just isn’t profitable”, yet those living in Eastern Taney County have paid the tax for years.
The proposed Library District and its board continue to promise countless things to the voters, like a book delivery service, a coffee shop, public meeting space and computer access. These promises are part of the same similar rhetoric used by other groups who have proposed taxes in the past.
I encourage more citizens to ask tough questions, attend board meetings, and request public records. Ask yourself one important question on April 2nd:
Can the people of Taney County bare the burden of more taxes and failed promises?
#2 Mar 19, 2013
The beauty about this tax is it's a savings. The more items you check-out and library programs you attend for free, the more you save. Add up how much money is spent on video-on-demand to your cable/satellite provider.
As for failed promises, that's an assumption and you can't let that stop the community from moving forward. Progress is vital to growth.
#3 Mar 21, 2013
Taney county needs more money to steal from us.
#4 Mar 21, 2013
What ever happened to positive thinking? Let's move this county forward. Vote "YES" for libraries.
#5 Mar 24, 2013
No more taxes. This is just an attempt to have another layer of big shots and give them a chance to hire their cronies into a well paying job.
Ten years ago I would have said Yes to a Public Library, however, with the Internet, everything anyone could want is available for a hell of a lot less money than 1.4 Million dollars a year and trust us. Not this guy. No more
#6 Mar 24, 2013
None of the "cronies" have the qualifications to run a library.
Did anybody find out if Josh really does pay property tax? The place he lists as his address is assessed way below his neighbors. That looks like somebody in Forsyth is his sugar-daddy.
#7 Mar 25, 2013
last I knew he was still living with his parents...
#8 Mar 27, 2013
Josh you are no talent waste of space.
#10 Apr 3, 2013
Josh lives with his mom. So NO he doesn't have a sugar daddy or pay actual property taxes. He puts his effort into this because he doens't have any other life outside of this to put an effort into. #truth.
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#11 Apr 4, 2013
Libraries is good for one thing: sleepin. Book-lernin is fer egg-headed librials.
#12 Apr 5, 2013
it was discovered on election day,April 2,2013 that
josh smith is a gay-boy closet HOMOSEXUAL
the dumb f-u-c-k-er came out of his gay-boy-queer
closet after he found out he only got 522 votes.
someone caught him having a homosexual affair at his Mom's house while she was hard at work.
josh smith is a practising HOMOSEXUAL
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