Sales taxes raise money for criminal court facility

Published: Tuesday, January 13, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 12, 2004 at 10:57 p.m.

Congratulations, citizens of Alachua County, on our new $27.9 million criminal court facility. Congratulations are in order for two reasons. First, we aren't going to have to struggle to pay for it over the next 30 years. Secondly, because it was paid for with sales taxes, people other than Alachua County residents paid almost $10 million of the total. Those include people who visit our county for any number of reasons and people who stop here while driving through. This seems only fair when you consider that we have to arrest non-county residents and they use the facility.

Now that the court facility has been successfully accomplished, let's all get behind a half-cent sales tax to repair and maintain the roads in our county and cities. Once again we can let county visitors and passers-through help by paying close to 40 percent of the cost. That only seems fair since they drive on our roads.

It's time to recognize the fact that there is not $200 million lying around for our city and county commissioners to "find" or "save" and use to repair the roads.

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