Tuesday, May 16, 2006

It Was Meant to Insult You

Consider Ohio Municipal League Deputy Director John Mahoney in the running for out of touch bureaucrat of the year.

From The (Auglaize County, OH) Evening Leader:

Mahoney said the proposal fails to consider that municipal officials must be more weary of spending taxpayers' money than the state.

"The TEL is an insult to every municipal official in this state," said Mahoney, who has worked with county and city officials for the past 20 years. "Municipal officials don't make much money, and try to serve the public in the most cost effective way as possible. They don't run saying they want to pick the pocket of every taxpayer in the municipality because they are a taxpayer, too."

If passed, the amendment would treat municipal spending much like state spending, Mahoney said, and the two government entities are totally separate. He said the state allocates money typically like a bank -- distributing money to other government entities, while local municipalities spend their money on actual services that affect their constituents.

When Gov. Bob Taft pushed to make the "temporary" state sales tax permanent, the ink wasn't dry on the bill "lowering" the tax increase to 1.5 cents and the Franklin County commissioners were already pushing for a .5 cents sales tax increase.

I am so sorry that Mr. Mahoney felt "insulted" at the idea of actually placing limits on the authority of local politicians, but I can point him to a document that has lots of such provisions.

It begins thus:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquillity, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

All those "Congress shall make no law's" -- Mr. Mahoney must shiver at the thought!

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