Tax Referendum Equivalent to "Extortion?"
Muncie Star Press – August 30, 2013
“So if the city — or any unit of local government — wanted more money than caps allow, that unit would have to ask voters in a referendum to approve paying more taxes, amounts higher than the caps.
Now imagine this scenario, keeping with a hypothetical attempt by Muncie’s mayor. Suppose he wanted more tax money, and petitioned for a referendum, and told voters that without higher taxes, he would have to eliminate the police department.
If you don’t vote “yes” on the referendum, police protection by the city will end.
Wouldn’t you consider that extortion? A good, old-fashioned shakedown?
Wouldn’t you ask why not share budget cuts in other areas, rather than decide to stop policing? Police protection is a fundamental service of municipal government.
I can’t see any different between this imaginary example (important note: the mayor has not even dreamed about this, let alone proposed anything) and what the Muncie Community Schools board is doing, threatening to end busing unless a November referendum on higher taxes passes.”