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Letter: Half-cent sales tax puts city on 'slippery slope'

The Worthington city council is asking residents to vote for a one-half percent sales tax increase to fund renovations to Memorial Auditorium and to build an Event Center. Before voting, residents should consider the role of city government. Its ...

The Worthington city council is asking residents to vote for a one-half percent sales tax increase to fund renovations to Memorial Auditorium and to build an Event Center. Before voting, residents should consider the role of city government. Its primary responsibilities are to provide basic necessary services that benefit all citizens that they would be unable to provide for themselves individually. This would include infrastructure such as roads and utilities, protection, planning and development and some aspects of social services.

When city government subsidizes a golf course, gives money to a hunting organization to buy a farm in the name of water protection and now -- through additional taxation -- proposes to make a large contribution to the arts and entertainment, it disregards its proper role. Instead, we head down a slippery slope lined with the open hands of special interests looking for funding for their own favorite projects.

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