How am I DIFFERENT from this current Commission?
Here are 2 big examples:
- COMMUNITY HOUSING TAX: we should be able to accomplish all the goals of this new tax WITHOUT adding yet another tax on your backs. How? One easy answer: Remember the Parks & Trails District that you just voted in a year and a half ago? Part of that deal was that $2.3 million in spending capability – per year – was to be freed up in your General Fund since Parks was no longer going to be funded from your General Fund. So WHERE did all that money go? I realize there are legitimate reasons for some of it, but there should be way more than enough left to fully fund the goals of this new tax.
- Your POLICE DEPARTMENT: a majority of your current Commission has expressed their intent to cut your law enforcement budget and reallocate it to mental health. Mental health is important, don’t get me wrong – but let’s first hold the other levels of government responsible for mental health to do their job before we double-tax you. Furthermore, with the continuing explosive growth in Bozeman, I just cannot imagine jeopardizing your safety by reducing your Police budget.