Letter: County doesn’t need tax for tourism bureau

Frank Rossa

chairman, Libertarian Party of Johnson County

White River Township

To the editor:

I was present when the Johnson County Council voted down imposing a new innkeeper’s tax to fund a tourism bureau and listened to the debate. Most were not opposed to the idea but thought more planning was required. As reported by the Daily Journal, a committee was formed to further develop this idea, and they are discussing which county attractions are worth advertising.

The county doesn’t need more taxes and more government bureaucrats. Republicans profess to be the party of limited government, low taxes and fiscal responsibility; however, all this commonly goes out the window whenever there is a special interest with their hand out.

Commissioner (Ron) West proposed the creation of a countywide chamber of commerce where businesses could pay fees to join. This is a much better proposal. It would give individual business owners the freedom to join, without the mandatory compulsion of taxation. They would also be free to leave should they feel they do not receive anything of value for their hard earned money. This is how the free market operates, not a system of taxation that will very likely force everyone to pay for benefits of a small minority of politically favored special interests.

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