EDITORIAL>>Special election is ill-advised
The more lost the issue gets the better chance it has of passing—no one wants to raise taxes. And when you ask county residents to give up a nice September day to cast a vote for higher taxes, it just isn’t going to happen we wish it would, the county needs more jail space. But the only people who will come out by the droves on Sept. 12 will be the naysayers. The silent majority, which the county needs to vote, will stay at work, be with families, anything but out voting — and once this bid is voted down, what does the county do?
If they would have put the issue on November’s general ballot, it would have a good chance of passing. First off, because of the sheer number of voters that will turn out because we will be electing, for the first time in years, a new governor, a new lieutenant governor and a new attorney general. The silent majority will be out and while in the voting booth, they will see the tax issue, cuss slightly under their breath, as we all do when taxes must be raised, and then pull the “yes” lever. But the county won’t get to see this happen, because its JPs voted to spend money they don’t have to get money they won’t get to open up jail space that won’t be open.
The county’s “stinkin’ thinkin’” got us in this jail mess, and it looks like it’ll keep us in it and the criminals out.