Letter to the Editor
The Emmet County Board of Supervisors regrets that the Emmet County Farm Bureau Board has chosen to oppose the Local Options Sales Tax for the unincorporated areas of the county. Contrary to published opinions of Farm Bureau there have been no decisions made on how the county would use the portion of the revenue that has been described as community betterment and improvement. Any concerns of accountability are unfounded when one considers the fact that the supervisors meetings are open to the public with a published agenda. Probably most important is the fact that there is free and open election every two years where the public can choose their representation.
The decision by the Emmet County Board of Supervisors to direct half of the LOST to community betterment was made so that there would be funds available where need is the greatest. This is an opportunity to do those things that may make recovery from an emergency or nurturing new ideas easier and a benefit to all. Emmet County is a community and needs to function as a united community.
It is so ironic that Farm Bureau supports property tax relief through other revenue sources yet opposes LOST because they do not agree with how it is designated. It is valuable to note that 50 percent goes directly to rural services and can only be spent for such. Also, all of the LOST revenue will be used to substitute where property tax dollars are used. Instead Farm Bureau has chosen a policy that creates division between the rural citizens and city citizens in the county. Farm Bureau policy to oppose the current proposal and come later with a different proposal will seriously jeopardize the future of LOST in the unincorporated areas.
The Board of Supervisors wants to encourage the voters of the unincorporated areas to vote for the benefit of the entire county and VOTE YES August 26 for the Local Option Sales Tax.
Al Madden, chairman
Emmet County Board of Supervisors