The best way to predict future conduct is to look at past behavior. That is the biggest reason I am going to vote “no” on the proposed new tax. I fully support and truly appreciate our Police Department. The tax increase is another story altogether.

To the editor:

The best way to predict future conduct is to look at past behavior. That is the biggest reason I am going to vote “no” on the proposed new tax. I fully support and truly appreciate our Police Department. The tax increase is another story altogether.

I urge fellow citizens to look hard at the history of the Salisbury Athletic Complex. Those ball fields speak loudly. Millions of the taxes we paid went into that project. The fields did not drain and were useless for years after the fancy ribbon-cutting ceremony and all the back slapping at City Hall. Why? Because the contractor did not put in the aggregate stone below the surface to allow for proper drainage. Where was the oversight on that fiasco? Those fields are a mess. City Hall took the taxes we paid and bought us a flood.

Those fields were heralded as a generator of revenue. We were going to have all kinds of tournaments drawing out-of-area teams, families and fans. Our hotels, restaurants and shops were going to be packed. Nobody was more disappointed than me with what we got. The Salisbury Complex is perhaps the biggest tax insult ever slammed over the heads of any citizenry in this nation.

Is it any wonder they then went on to botch Bass Pro? If the city cannot be trusted with putting crushed rock in the ground, then they sure as shooting should not be trusted when they say a perpetual tax increase is needed in these difficult economic times. Now these same people are falsely broadcasting that this place is crime infested and becoming increasingly dangerous. That is not exactly the way to entice people to come to our city. That is the embodiment of ridiculous. I say no way on the new tax.