In a recent post touting the benefits of some \"earmarks\", Locke asked :
That said, why should federal taxpayers have paid for this? If it was important enough for Ashland County, why the hell couldn’t county taxpayers come up with the $80K to buy it? Other municipalities buy their own. Heck, the town I used to live in had fundraisers to raise money to buy new fire & rescue equipment.
I live in a community(and you probably do also) where we have many fundraisers not just for fire, but numerous others for the schools, etc… The question I have is why should we have fundraisers for things/services which everyone benefits from?
For an example lets say we need an $80,000 piece of equipment for the fire department that will save lives. ” The commons” will benefit from it and we could raise taxes a minimal amount to buy this piece of equipment.
On the other hand, we refuse to raise taxes to buy it and instead hold fundraisers. In (I will venture out here using my own experience) local fundraisers they tend to be attended by the same group of people all the time. So it ends up taking longer and a few fundraisers, before all of the needed funds are raised. In the meantime(as someone who attends many local fundraisers), it has taken a select group of community members lots of time and much money to fund raise the $80,000 to buy this piece of equipment that “the common” benefits from. Instead of raising everyone’s taxes a minimal amount, I(or those that attend the fundraisers) end up paying many hundreds of dollars to make this happen.
That is why I am against community “fundraisers” for needed services/equipment. thoughts?