ReferendumbsWritten by Tom Pounds | President / Publisher | firstname.lastname@example.org
Could there be more at stake March 4? Presidential primaries, a TPS levy, a .75 percent City of Toledo tax renewal and several suburban issues add up to a very important election.
It disturbs, though it does not surprise, to hear so many people link their voting choices on such important tax issues to their emotion over the recent controversies at One Government Center and the Thurgood Marshall Building.
There are many solid reasons for questioning both of these issues (Issue 1 is the city .75 percent income tax renewal and Issue 7 is the TPS property tax renewal), but emotional responses to leadership blunders are poor choices. If you wish to debate the worthiness of these issues, let’s do so on the merit of how current funds are being used. To make these vital economic decisions a referendum on Mayor Carty Finkbeiner or the TPS Board of Education is a dangerous bluff to play and an irresponsible way to use our voting privileges.
It’s not for me to sway you one way or the other. I’m asking that before you vote, you clearly look at these two issues and think about the long-term consequences, not just the short-term venting. Do not let your distaste for a few people’s actions dictate how you vote. Those who will feel the punishment of the issues’ rejection aren’t those who offended you. Please keep that in mind on March 4.
Thomas F. Pounds is president and publisher of Toledo Free Press. Contact him at email@example.com.