Letter to the editor
I am writing this letter to state my opposition to the sales tax proposal on the April ballot. The city has buildings falling down, abandoned houses in disrepair, the park needs money, the library needs money, utilities that need to be upgraded, and our schools need an enormous amount of money. So what do we do? We spend $7+ million to build a water line to the junction!! This doesn’t include sewer, electrical or roads. This, at best, results in a truck stop, adult store, and fast food restaurant. What a great use of your tax money! The city recently refused to rezone a tract of land that would have brought a needed business to Marshall. Why not develop Marshall first? The rest of the money goes to some unspecified economic development. A blank check to whoever is in office. The citizens of Marshall deserve better than this tax and spend policy. We need to put our schools first!! The schools buildings need to be replaced and upgraded, teacher and staff salaries need to be raised, and curriculum needs to be upgraded and expanded. The school district and city also have to spend money on the great white elephant, a.k.a. the Hab Center. If we pass this tax and take more money out of our citizens pockets, we will never get a tax or bond passed to help our schools. Almost all employers in Marshall are looking for employees, so we need our schools to better prepare students to work and stay in Marshall. Put our school’s first!! Vote NO on this pipe dream.
Karl “Bub” Caldwell, President, W. B. Young Co.