The following is a press release from the Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd:
Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd testified against the Platte County Commission’s proposed 2012 Budget on January 3, 2012.
Zahnd criticized the proposed budget for requiring “draconian cuts to the core functions of government while spending millions upon millions on frills such as massive expansions of community centers including water slides and Olympic-sized swimming pools.”
He asked the County Commission to reject the proposed budget and rescind the ½ cent sales tax for parks, replacing it with a 1/8 cent sales tax for parks and a ¼ cent sales tax for law enforcement.
Zahnd said, “If you do that, you will give everyone who lives, works, and shops in Platte County a well-deserved tax cut. They will pay 1/8 cent less on every purchase they make in Platte County. And you will also realign our budget with the priorities of the people: the core governmental functions of law enforcement over indulgences like walking trails and swimming pools.”