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October 21, 2014

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letter to the editor:

Henderson’s head is in the sand

Henderson’s “leaders” will consider recommendations from casino owners and others this week to raise property taxes to address infrastructure and other issues.

However, it seems that public media sources indicate overwhelmingly that raising local property taxes is not popular, and for good reason. There are considerable funds available from other sources, if our politicians would only let their voices reflect the will of the voters.

For instance, our politicians are living in the Dark Ages if they continue to allow casinos to pay less than 7 percent in taxes. Voters know that their personal income tax is 2 to 4 times this amount.

And we know that becoming a leader in allowing lottery sales will fully support our funding needs. Casinos would benefit financially from selling lottery tickets.

It is a mystery why they continue to fight this golden goose with vague arguments.

And it is past time that we get our head out of the sand on the issue of marijuana. This country has overwhelmingly voiced support for the coming reality that medical and recreational use of marijuana will soon be legal. No amount of legislating postponement of the issue for 6 months by a small city council is going to change that! The taxes reaped from just the sale of marijuana will not only fix all of our infrastructure problems, but, if used properly, will create a world-class education system as a bonus.

Raising property taxes? This would neither be an option nor a necessity if these other sources of revenue were favored by you, for us.

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