In the mid-1970s, I was a police/fire dispatcher for about two and a half years. One night I replaced the evening police/fire dispatcher at midnight. He said look at the good news. On the wall was a notice of a 1 percent increase in sales tax for fire, police and city services. No percentage for any of them. Cities use fire and/or police to get citizens to vote because all citizens want good fire and police services, but that is not where the money goes!

To the editor:

In the mid-1970s, I was a police/fire dispatcher for about two and a half years. One night I replaced the evening police/fire dispatcher at midnight. He said look at the good news. On the wall was a notice of a 1 percent increase in sales tax for fire, police and city services. No percentage for any of them. Cities use fire and/or police to get citizens to vote because all citizens want good fire and police services, but that is not where the money goes!

On April 3, they want to subject small businesses and property owners to pay for all the costs. This is the first time I have seen a city target small businesses and property owners to carry the whole burden instead of a sales tax, which targets all those who shop and are tourists, a fairer tax.

The real problem of reducing crimes won’t be solved by having more police. The Jackson County Courthouse should have a revolving door in front because they go in but are right back on the street. In about July 2009, a cat burglar was let out after serving very little time. Just before Christmas, she burglarized nine more times. My house was one of them. The police said she admitted to the first five and said there was evidence that she did the others. She was tried on the first five, and she was to serve seven years for each concurrently, seven years maximum, and she will probably be out soon, if not already. She and three other adults who have been doing crimes for a number of years have done very little time in jails!