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I plan on doing the ‘right’ thing!

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Skip Brandt

I have to say, I am very disappointed in the Idaho County Farm Bureau. Usually, the group is really good about asking knowledgeable folks to come address the membership about issues before taking such a public position. But in this case, they did not want to invite the county clerk, treasurer, assessor, commission chair or anyone with an understand of the issue to a meeting to offer an explanation of what processing a tax refund might entail. But then, maybe someone did not want to confuse the issue with facts. 

The letter [May 9 issue] from Idaho County Farm Bureau President Sheryl Nuxoll seems to suggest that the farm bureau’s member(s) do not care how much it would cost (tax dollars) to process ‘some’ of the levied taxes. In other words, they don’t care if it costs 50 percent to process the refund; the membership is saying just do it, as it is the ‘right thing to do.” How is it that this previously conservative group is actually lobbying for such a wasteful spending of tax dollars?

It’s not really clear if the letter is from the ‘Idaho County Farm Bureau’ or just from its president. If it was a personal letter from the group’s president, she surely must realize that she does not live in the Idaho County Road and Bridge District, nor does she live in the 244 School District. She has not and will not pay either of these taxes that she seems to be concerned about.

Either way, since the letter was signed by a ‘former’ state senator, I have to ask, with your legislative experience, are you actually suggesting that the District 244 school board has the legal ability to override how the people voted? Apparently, you do know that the people voted in favor of the levy. But, since you do not live in the district, you may not know that the ballot did not say ‘if the SRS funds don’t come in.’ Or, are you suggesting that the school should run another election (spending even more of those taxpayer dollars) to ask the citizens if they want what is left back? Again, the letter was not clear.

For me, one question remains. In your mind, is writing a letter about an issue that does not directly affect you and that you clearly do not understand, ‘the right thing to do’?

Sincerely, your public servant.



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