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Why can’t Measure 1 wait?

I opened my ballot this morning, planning to just vote and return it in today’s mail to have it out of the way. I’ve seen the advertising on TV in favor of the extension, but I hadn’t been aware of the specifics until I read the wording on the ballot itself.

I immediately became angry for a couple of reasons: 1) This is the only measure on the ballot, and I know these elections cost tens of thousands of dollars to issue and process, and 2) I’m flabbergasted that this “special election” is to extend a sales and use tax from 2033 to 2043! I know future budgeting is necessary, but 21 years in the future?

I’m 60 years old now, and I most likely won’t care what happens in most of those years. If it is indeed necessary to plan that far in the future, why is a special election needed? Why not combine it with something else and save the extra expense? I’m tempted to vote no just for these reasons!

Ginnie Todd


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