Although I plan to vote for the upcoming property tax that will fund additional police personnel, I have been following the discussion for and against with great interest.

To the editor:

Although I plan to vote for the upcoming property tax that will fund additional police personnel, I have been following the discussion for and against with great interest.

I’m grateful we have opportunity to voice opinions and exercise a vote on important issues like this. I have listened to and read the perspectives of those who oppose the tax but continue to believe we have an excellent cost/benefit opportunity with this proposal. The most surprising thing in considering the various opposing viewpoints is how much of it is focused on a lack of trust in those in city government, not the issue behind the tax question.

Not trusting those who serve you is obviously an important call to action for those with that concern. But dealing with that issue belongs in the vote for the next council member, not in the yes/no vote on the property tax question. Voting no on a targeted funding proposal – for a service that is a high priority, that provides ongoing funding, that will have citizen oversight via a process with a good track record – makes as much sense as spitting in the wind.

The current council will not be there forever, but the factors that threaten the property values and quality of life in Independence are not going away by themselves. They are likely to worsen without action on our part. If there is a need to “send a message” to anyone, it is right now to those behind the documented crime trends, “not in our city.”

By the way, thanks to The Examiner for providing a valuable forum for citizen expression!