FORE, what if our tax money went towards roads and edication, where as business tax went towards welfare and social programs? I know I'm leaving out a bunch more such as defense, SS and Medicare but I think you get the idea.
We had an issue where in Washington about a bridge:
VAN ZANDT, Wash. -- Some call it the bridge to nowhere.
So why does Whatcom County want to spend millions of tax dollars to replace the old Potter Road Bridge?
The bridge in a rural part of the county is rusty and crumbling. That's no surprise considering the structure is more than 80 years old.
But what may be surprising to some is the $10 million price tag the county is considering to replace a bridge that only a handful of people use.
"I would say between 50 to 70 families that live out here, and we all cross that bridge every day and we all pay taxes," said area resident Chuck Held.
Held says he'd be trapped without the bridge. He adds as a taxpayer, he pays for roads and bridges he doesn't use. And while $10 million is a lofty sum, he at least wants the bridge repaired.
"A two-lane bridge? I don't care as long as it's stable, and I can get back and forth. That's the concern for everybody on the road," he said.
Whatcom County Council member Ken Mann says "wear and tear" over the years led the bridge to deterioration.
"This is an 80-year-old bridge," he said.
Mann said he doesn't support the county paying millions to replace the bridge. He's pushing for a $100,000 study to consider other options. That would also qualify the county for $7 million in federal money for road projects.
The council unanimously voted for the plan on Tuesday night in order to secure $7.7 for the bridge project. But the council also instructed public works to look for a cheaper alternative.
I'd like to know where my taxes went and if my taxes went to help repair this bridge instead of a study whether grapes should be washed in hot or cold water, then I don't mind paying a little bit more.