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BEACHCOMBER: Call Sacramento to Fix a Pothole?

  • By David Barron

A lot of people stayed at home or work and did not cast a ballot in local city elections on Tuesday, March 5.  Less than 20% of eligible voters bothered to vote on Election Day.
Were you one of them? Some people say they only vote the important elections – the Presidential election that happens every four years.

But you ought to stop and think about what affects your life on a daily, maybe hourly basis.
For example, let’s go down a checklist of every day services that make a big difference in your life.

Who provides police services to you?
Who provides fire protection services?
Where does your water come from?
Who controls and sets up traffic signals?
Who takes care of potholes in your street?
When your house is burglarized, where do you call?
Who maintains your community parks?
Who makes sure the public swimming pools and gyms are there for you?
Who makes sure your trash is picked-up?
When you want to start a business where is your first stop?
When you flush your toilet, who takes care of the sewage?
Where do you call for Dial-a-Ride.
When you want to reserve a picnic shelter, who do you call.
And on and on and on...

The answer is basicly the same -- your local governmen! You don’t call Sacramento or Washington D.C.

Most of the necessary services are taken care of by your local city. Can you imagine how difficult it would be if Sacramento or Washington took care of these services.

It seems to me that the majority of tax money goes to federal and state government.

The rest is a trickle that the cities get from existing property taxes and retail sales taxes. You think it would do any good to call your state legislator to fix a pothole on your street?


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