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Letter: I count ... do you?
The spotlight and media attention recently thrust upon me is not something I sought. By asking a councilperson about her “business experience,” I have become the center of verbal vitriol.
When the day comes that the citizens of the United States cannot question those elected to serve them -- not rule them -- then government on whatever level has become tyranny. Is that the form of government we are willing to have in Floresville?
The mayor and one lonely voice in support of the mayor on the newspaper blog continue to say that those of us that don’t live within the city limits of Floresville have no right to participate in city government. These statements are made, I assume, with the naïve assumption that the sales taxes paid by the 4,000-plus citizens of the city of Floresville would in their entirety be sufficient to support the budgetary needs of the council and the mayor’s needs (wish list) -- sports complex, street maintenance, sewer treatment plant, etc. -- all paid for by the sales tax of only the residents of the city of Floresville.
I, for one, am going to give the mayor and his blogger a chance to find out if the city of Floresville can do without the sales-tax dollars of the 95 percent who don’t belong in the city council meetings as the mayor refers to us.
When I pay my Walmart credit card bill on July 1, I will ask for the manager and tell him that I will no longer do business at the Floresville Walmart. Additionally, I have made up cards with the following statement that I will be passing out to all retailers within the city of Floresville:
“Mayor Tejada repeatedly says that because I do not live within the limits of the city of Floresville, I don’t count.” However, my money is spent in the city of Floresville and my tax dollars support Mayor Tejada’s wish list.
“But, no longer ... I will take my business outside the city of Floresville until Mayor Tejada recognizes the fact that those of us who shop in Floresville generate the income, by our sales taxes that he and the council spend so freely, and thereby are entitled to an opinion at city council.”
I have chosen to boycott the city of Floresville. I ask that you join me. Let’s tell the mayor that we and our sales-tax money do count!
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