This topic deserves a board all its own. In reading all the posts and the agreements and disagreements we have with one another on things such as revitalizing downtown/Hemming Park, employing some form of mass transit, improving the park system, improving public education, saving historic structures, one thing is very clear to me. That is that none of those things have a chance of success UNLESS [drum roll] we increase taxes and raise the wherewithal to DO SOMETHING.
Does anyone think the City squanders the taxes it raises? Well, sure, it's government, so, unfortunately, some waste is to be expected. I doubt, however, that waste is so rampant that if it were greatly reduced there would be enough money to solve any one of the situations all of us would like to see addressed.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again - arguing with the fact someone advanced about Jacksonville's per capita income: We are a poor city.
If someone has a suggestion about how all those problem areas can be dealt with without raising taxes, I'd like to hear it, and I suspect City Hall would too.