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Tax spurs online debate

Fifty-five percent of the Rowan County citizens who cast ballots Tuesday favored the county’s proposed quarter-cent sales tax increase.
A Salisbury Post editorial endorsing the increase attracted comments that ran about 50-50. Here are excerpts:
whocares22: This editorial is a bunch of garbage. Not only will I vote against this increase, if it passes, I will remember every politician … who rallied support for it.
salblogger: This is a vote for the safety of the community and our families. …. You can’t sit on your hands and expect this county to grow or recover from economic devastation. Please fellow citizens get out and vote! These are services that are needed and not something frivolous or unnecessary.
nc_patriot: Well, let’s see here. NC just handed us a sales tax increase. If cap and trade passes, that will raise utility bills (another tax). If health care passes, more taxes. Now you want us to support another tax? I wish government at all levels would learn to live within their means, but if they keep raising and asking for support of more taxes, we the people will not be able to live within what our means are currently. Live within your means, government. And, people, vote NO to any new taxes.
dark_knight: On the national level, what you call a tax increase is a monumental commitment that our president has made as an investment in America’s health and therefore our future. On the state level, Governor Perdue has made an investment in our children’s future by assuring that education does not suffer and leave our kids behind. And on the local level, elected officials … have shown the courage to stand up and support a sales tax increase to fund the investment in crime control and our first responders. It’s an investment in our very security.
The commitment that officials on the federal, state and local level are making is designed to satisfy their mandate to promote the “health, safety and welfare” of those they serve. Sometimes we have to pay a little more to protect the common good. So the sky is not falling, NCP.

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