To the editor:



There is no shortage of funds to support the Independence Police Department. The department is not a separate tax entity; it is part of the overall city budget. There is one pool of city money, and it is up to elected officials to determine the best way to allocate the available monies.

To the editor:

There is no shortage of funds to support the Independence Police Department. The department is not a separate tax entity; it is part of the overall city budget. There is one pool of city money, and it is up to elected officials to determine the best way to allocate the available monies.

School boards threaten to cut football or eighth grade sports when they do not have enough money because they know patrons will support sports when they will not support cleaning supplies and new roofs for buildings. Independence is asking for a tax increase to support the police because they know that patrons will not vote a tax increase for the general budget.

If our city could just be honest with us and admit that they have placed the city in a dire financial situation due to excessive tax breaks and reduced revenues, I might be able to support this issue, but until they tell the truth about the errors they made in issuing the tax breaks and tell us that they will not repeat the same mistakes, I cannot support this tax increase.

Mayor, tell the truth. Tell us you will not give tax breaks for retail businesses, tell us that the city will not develop land and build buildings for businesses.

Has the city attempted to receive reimbursement from the attorney who wrote the contract with the Bass Pro developer with no way for the city to enforce payments? Tell us how you intend to keep Independence from going into bankruptcy other than raising taxes.