Have you ever heard anyone say, “Darn, I wish they wouldn’t make my roads smooth – I really like bouncing around on potholes!” Well, potholes happen (and stay around too long) when we reduce taxes. We also get crowded public school classrooms and too few fire fighters to support safe fire fighting practices. The word “T-A-X” can’t be considered by itself – it is not a disembodied entity or a boogie man. It is a tool used by citizens to support the common good – things that we all benefit by.
With our caustic conversations regarding taxes, we tend NOT to have meaningful conversations about community needs. Instead, we often talk about tax cuts or tax increases … the cart before the horse.
I’ve decided to convene a local, public conversation in Woodbury, Minn., to try to figure out how to talk policy without getting into the rhetoric of the word “T-A-X”.
I hope you can join me on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. We’ll be at Woodbury’s Central Park facility at 8595 Central Park Place, Woodbury, MN 55125. Valley Creek Meeting Room A. To RSVP, send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would also like to convene a community conversation, please contact me and we can collaborate in your home town.