Efforts are being made by the county to cut the % of the sales tax that goes to the city. The entire basis of the county's position is a false, untrue, and bogus claim that the sales tax revenue was tied to the safety net.
I have been involved in city politics for over 25 years. I can tell you for an absolute fact that safety net issues were NEVER discussed or made a part of the negotiations for sales tax.
Anyone who says otherwise is either being lied to or is actively lying.
The reason the county made the deal was to avoid the city exercising its rights to impose a city sales tax.
Former Mayor Sottile, who was present for those negotiations, and Dave Donaldson, who was also involved, confirmed this in The Kingston Times. Dave did so using very clear and perhaps inappropriate language.
I disagree with these men 95% of the time, but they are correct in this instance.
Mayor Noble has been called a lightweight. This is his chance to lose that moniker by standing up to the county on this issue.
I urge the Mayor to stand tall and not give in on this issue. I did not support him in the election, but he is the duly elected Mayor. If he fights the county on this issue, I will stand with him.
If the Mayor caves on this issue, the "lightweight" moniker will remain his forever. Worse, property taxes will jump big time.
This is the first big test. Let's see how he fares.