Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Suburbs, IL
Location: Suburbs, IL
Years Riding: 7 years
How you found us: From friends
I have a rant: Taxes / Tickets / Etc.
The city sticker thread prompted me to type this.
I have a rant.
Someone explain to me what taxes are for?
It's all BS. A friend and I had a long discussion about this the other day.
You take a ride in an ambulance...you have to pay. (not right)
You want to play soccer when the sun goes down, you have to pay ($100 an hr or something ridiculous like that to have them turn the lights on for you).
Crappy roads, you pay by having to drive over them. (look at Oak Brook, 22nd Street and portions of 83 are some of the worst roads in the area, and the town has the highest per capita income in the area).
Police hardly protect and serve nowadays (for the most part…I’d like Dean’s or another officers opinion here, just because I’m uneducated on an officers’ actual day to day duties, so this is only an uneducated assumption based on what I’ve seen), its more of a punish type duty. And I'm a good citizen, its not like I'm in trouble with the Police ever and feel they’re not doing THE job. I just don't see the serve portion. Its all business. More tickets = more money. Not there fault, but if you give a salesperson a quota, they will focus much more energy on selling than on customer service (ticketing vs. serving). When I was younger and worked at Yorktown Mall, I had an officer that worked for Lombard that gave me the low down on how crappy it was there because it was all about writing tickets. Also, when I was in highschool, I locked my keys in the car. Cop saw a few of us standing there trying to break in with a screwdriver, pulled up, checked our ID's and ran us, then said good luck with a smirk. I asked if he had that tool to open doors, he said he did, I asked if he could help, he said no…then proceeded to continue cruising the area. Maybe it’s the fact that Police have to deal with crappy people all the time, which could make you believe most/all people are bad, but a little more HELP would be good. (**note, not saying police are bad people, just that their job role has changed. Dean, and a few officers that are my clients are GREAT people, but in general I see that the police officer position is not what one would expect, again not ragging on the Police, I’m ragging on the administration and or governments that make for this**)
I could go on and on about what’s not covered by taxes that should be. And I know the response is…we need more money for that, so we need to raise taxes, and no one wants that. And that’s a garbage excuse…especially when it comes to government agencies. How about instead of raising income at the sake of the public, they cut costs. How much excess money is spent? With my business background, I guarantee you I could go into any business and cut costs significantly. But people don’t want that. It’s a fact. If you don’t use your whole budget, then next year your budget will be less, and your portion will go to someone else. Therefore, if you are budgeted $, it is in your best interest to meet and exceed that amount year in and year out in order to continue to have that budget.
Don’t get me wrong though, btw, I do appreciate many things that taxes are used for and the efforts of the Police and government officials to keep us safe. I just feel the businesses are improperly operated.