On Monday, We, The People who ultimately pay the bills, were treated to the Grand Reveal of a privately funded study designed to measure public support for the proposed one-cent sales tax increase – a shameless government money grab we are told will be the panacea for our growing transportation infrastructure crisis.
For weeks, the mysterious survey of just 600 Volusia County voters – paid for by the Camera stellata known as the Volusia CEO Business Alliance – has been kept under wraps, hidden by the report’s strategic exemption from Florida’s public records law.
This privately funded analysis – a process which involved less that one percent of Volusia County’s registered voters – was conducted by Clearview Research, a company that just happened to help Palm Beach County pass a one-cent sales tax in 2016.
Of course, their Volusia County study found that, if the measure were placed on the ballot later this year, a half-cent tax increase would overwhelmingly pass by a 54-39 margin.
Look, I’m no expert in statistical polling – but considering that not one person in my sphere of influence has said they support a sales tax increase (except for Big John, who supports the measure with clearly identified projects) I find the results of the study interesting.
Really. Not one person I’ve spoken to supports it. Friends, family, loyal readers – or the guy holding up the bar stool next to mine.
I’m thinking our powers-that-be aren’t completely convinced, either – because we are about to participate in an intensive “re-education program.”
According to the Clearview report, as quoted in the Daytona Beach News-Journal, “The half-cent option, while a little closer than we would like, can pass but will require a disciplined, well-funded, and well-executed campaign plus strong and nearly universal support from the local governments through the county,” the report states. “This effort begins in a good (but not great) place with excellent messages. If a disciplined well-executed campaign is launched, there is a clear path to victory.”
Sounds like something out of a Pol Pot manifesto.
You will be re-educated.
You will get your mind right.
You will vote as instructed by your leaders.
You will ensure a clear path to victory for Little Jimmy’s autocratic regime.
According to the Florida Department of Revenue, a half-penny sales tax increase would generate an estimated $45 million annually – half of which would go to county government, with the rest split among Volusia’s 16 municipalities.
That’s a lot of cheese.
I tend to judge people, government administrations and dogs by past performance. It is the only true predictive indicator of future behavior.
Let’s face it, Volusia County has the third highest tax rate in the state of Florida. Our gasoline tax has been maxed out and our elected officials have proven – time and again – that they have no qualms about handing millions of our hard-earned tax dollars to fund the private projects of billionaires, building infrastructure to benefit wealthy political insiders and paying exorbitant salary and benefits packages to the pimps who control the nexus of public funds and private interests.
I have my own suspicions, but why do you think the millionaire members of Volusia’s CEO Business Alliance are so determined to see this tax increase become a reality?
Screw these piggish money grubbers – and their “well-executed” campaign to wring even more tax dollars from an already strapped constituency.
These people should be ashamed of themselves.
It’s time Volusia County government learned to live within its means.
That process begins at the ballot box.
Photo Credit: The Daytona Beach News-Journal
7 thoughts on “On Volusia: The “Re-Education” of Volusia Voters”
Add me to the NO side of the vote!
I agree with this article. I was never contacted for my vote on this so-called tax. This county council can tax and spend like drunken sailors all day long but leave nothing for the needs that most of the elected officials ran on…infrastructure re-building. County chair Ed Kelly even mentioned in one of his stumps during the campaign that we needed to build the roads and they will come. This county council is a joke. They succeeded in one thing so far and that is that they have spent all of the savings that the previous county council managed to save under the leadership of The Honorable Jason P. Davis.
No way will I ever vote for another tax!
It sounds like the Borg on Star Trek, “You will comply!” I was never asked for my opinion in the poll, but then again when I was the county Chair I constantly voted against raising sales tax. As a matter of fact it was a taboo to bring up during my time in office. All should also think about this, if it costs too much, the masses will go to a neighboring county to buy their goods, and fuel. Saving money is priority for most citizens. In case you have not guessed, I will not comply, be re-educated, or assimilated. I vote no!
For what I’ve read, there is no ‘sunset’ date in this proposal and no list of projects to be funded with the revenue raised by the tax. Without those features I don’t see why anybody could suport this.
Say nope to dope and ugh to drugs.
Oh, and taxes too.
PS: we’re screwed, the fix is in, they’re passing sorry.
First came $30 million for the billionaire France family for One Daytona, then $15 million for J. Hyatt Brown’s highrise on Beach Street for Brown and Brown, the insurance giant that last year grossed $1.7 billion in sales. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the 1/2 Cent sales tax is vitally needed to fund Mori Hosseini’s road work for his collossal Woodhaven development to the tune of $45 million in taxpayer subsidies. The Big 3: Lesa France Kennedy, J. Hyatt Brown & Mori Hosseini. They are Volusia County’s government…