As of Tuesday, April 30, 2013
To the editor:
The Dalles City Council has recently demonstrated how much they are pro-tax and out-of-touch with the citizens of our community.
Last fall, their proposal to create an Economic Improvement District (EID) downtown so that the city could levy even more property taxes and give the proceeds to The Dalles Main Street (TDMS) was met with strong opposition by both verbal and written testimony at the public hearing Oct. 22, 2012.
The Council and TDMS modified the tax plan and brought it back to a public hearing on March 11 where it again received sufficient written opposition to prevent the idea from being successful. The Council voted unanimously to ignore the opposition and adopted the ordinance creating the new tax.
Property owners remonstrated again in sufficient numbers to prevent the tax from being implemented.
At the April 22 meeting, the council was required by state law to terminate the EID and tax. Two council members still voted in favor of imposing the tax!
Dan Spatz and Carolyn Wood not only demonstrated their disdain for public input, but also their unsuitability to hold public office due to their unwillingness to comply with the law.
Spatz and Wood might have been trying to make a statement of support for TDMS but it was really a statement of narrow-mindedness.