Although I never enjoy the prospect of having to pay more taxes, Vito Chiesa and Garrad Marsh have presented pressing needs that probably will not get addressed any other way.
The state has stolen the funds that would normally be allocated to complete these projects. The result has been a reduction in property value for the entire community. Lack of safety personnel and poor roads are sure signs of a less-than-vital community.
Public safety, whether it is fire or police, always touches off issues that divide the community. Are we going to use a tax increase to improve employment conditions only to have to pay out more in the future for retirement programs?
Better streets and roads are much more cut and dried.
The third rail to be wary of in each of these issues is "general fund." Take a page from the county library's experience and find a way to sequester these funds so that their use is very clearly defined if you want these measures to pass. Do not even hint at a flow to general funds.