The proposed small increase in our real estate tax deserves the voters’ approval next Tuesday. It’s not enough to merely react to crime. It’s time to get ahead of the growing problem, and the only way to do that is to decide that this is a priority worth paying a little more for. Compared to the cost of losses in property theft and damage my husband and I have personally been victims of, the proposed real estate tax increase is a bargain.

Marcie Gragg is a member of the Independence City Council and represents District 1.


To the editor:

The proposed small increase in our real estate tax deserves the voters’ approval next Tuesday. It’s not enough to merely react to crime. It’s time to get ahead of the growing problem, and the only way to do that is to decide that this is a priority worth paying a little more for. Compared to the cost of losses in property theft and damage my husband and I have personally been victims of, the proposed real estate tax increase is a bargain.

Each of the four times we’ve had a car window smashed, it’s cost us $250-plus to fix it. Of course, no price can be put on our feeling of security, which has diminished as crime has increased in our neighborhood. The $60 a year on our house’s tax bill will get us all 34 more officers and eight staff to support them. It’s a simple math problem. My grandmother used to say, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

The need for additional officers has been proven. Indicators of increasing crime are real. We border Kansas City. Its Police Department is working hard to push the criminals east, toward Independence. I’m praying our citizens will take a deep breath, put personal agendas aside and do the right thing. It’s frustrating to watch friends fall into the behaviors that typify the worst in politics today, using half-truths, misinformation and outright lies to try to persuade voters with no thought for the long-term consequences to us all (let alone the offender’s integrity). It’s also disappointing to see others blindly accept the falsehoods.

I stand by my endorsement of this proposed tax increase. It’s modest. It’s necessary. It’s a solid plan to be proactive and stop crime in its tracks. It’s worthy of your “yes” vote.