Letter: Reader wonders where Westmont will draw line on taxes

Published: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 11:17 a.m. CDT

To the Editor,

I am very discouraged with the new Westmont restaurant tax.

The 1.5 percent tax seems paltry when $100 is spent at a restaurant, but, in principle, is this tax increase just another way to cover up poor government management of tax revenue and budget spending?

I believe that most taxes seem plausible if the budgets are managed and audited properly.

Will this tax be just one more way for Westmont to meet its budget? Where are the cost increases? I am having doubts about our local government being fiscally responsible on budget management.

If this tax increase is just another way to “find someone else to drain tax revenue from,” then we are headed down the same path our state is in… the doldrums.

Is spending managing the revenue? It appears that way, doesn’t it?

We must audit our books and spending. If everything is ship-shape (which you and I know there are shortcomings somewhere), then cut something out.

Perhaps one less trip down the side streets for snow plowing, or more energy efficiency on electrical usage… Who knows? The village board and the mayor should know.

I also believe the Progress is “short” on reporting this tax increase.

The Progress should interview the restaurant owners and print their perspective. The Progress' reporting comes up short.

Where do these increases end? Spending must be audited and controlled and reported through a Citizens Committee, not just politicians.

Pat Driscoll, Westmont

To the Editor,

I am very discouraged with the new Westmont restaurant tax.

The 1.5 percent tax seems paltry when $100 is spent at a restaurant, but, in principle, is this tax increase just another way to cover up poor government management of tax revenue and budget spending?

I believe that most taxes seem plausible if the budgets are managed and audited properly.

Will this tax be just one more way for Westmont to meet its budget? Where are the cost increases? I am having doubts about our local government being fiscally responsible on budget management.

If this tax increase is just another way to “find someone else to drain tax revenue from,” then we are headed down the same path our state is in… the doldrums.

Is spending managing the revenue? It appears that way, doesn’t it?

We must audit our books and spending. If everything is ship-shape (which you and I know there are shortcomings somewhere), then cut something out.

Perhaps one less trip down the side streets for snow plowing, or more energy efficiency on electrical usage… Who knows? The village board and the mayor should know.

I also believe the Progress is “short” on reporting this tax increase.

The Progress should interview the restaurant owners and print their perspective. The Progress' reporting comes up short.

Where do these increases end? Spending must be audited and controlled and reported through a Citizens Committee, not just politicians.

Pat Driscoll, Westmont

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