To the Editor:
I attended the meeting of the Platte County Commissioners last Tuesday and stayed long enough to hear discussion on the proposed 3 percent lodging tax being requested by several citizens of the county. I’m still a little confused about the whole issue, but I was able to pick up a few important points. Number one, a three percent tax on persons from outside the county is not a burden on anyone, and will not be noticed by anyone. Number two, this money will be used by someone somewhere for something. Number three, the money isn’t needed to pay a debt, help continue an existing necessary program or fund a county requirement. That said, one of the advocates for the tax assured everyone there that it was only 3 percent and that couldn’t hurt anyone. I could be 100 percent out to lunch, but when I hear anyone tell me that “Three percent won’t hurt anyone”, I always get nervous. When someone’s opinion gets transformed into “fact”, I question where the opinion came from and whether it is in fact, a fact. I’m quite sure that the idea behind this scheme was conceived with the best of intentions, but I’m also sure that it is real easy to spend other people’s money. This whole thing has to go through a long process before it gets on the ballot, but I would urge all of the voters in Platte County when it does come up, to question first the need for the tax, and second the morality of taxing visitors to the county to pay to visit the county.