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4/12/2013 6:01:00 AM
Kingman Letters: Farmer: Help, I've been reaped!

When is a tax not a tax? The semantics of our mayor, City Council, and financial administrator are as misleading as they can be.

We are told that there have been no tax increases since 1990. How stupid are Kingman citizens supposed to be? Creations such as the bar and restaurant tax are not an increase? The folly of a $55 million sewage treatment plant for 9,000 customers is not an increase?

I only have one fund - what's in my pocket. When that fund gets drained by the antics of this crowd in City Hall, it does not rejuvenate itself automatically, especially if one is on a fixed income. A statement made by our mayor says that we do not have a spending problem, we have a revenue problem. What a ridiculous statement! Does he honestly believe there is no link between spending and funding? When you take money out of my fund it leaves nothing to pay additional taxes. Sewer fees, bar and restaurant taxes, and other drains have emptied the well.

I don't care what you call these raids on my fund, the results can't be justified by what you call them. They directly affect my ability to pay them and more. They cannot be rejuvenated by calling them a different name.

Let's hope everyone remembers this crowd in the next election. Out of this whole crowd there is only one keeper, Richard Anderson. He seems to be the only one who understands the one fund concept. Obviously Salem, et al (Watson, Cochran, Loyd), do not.

I am fiscally responsible enough to know that when I spend money I don't have on one project, I won't have money for the next project. It seems like a simple concept but our city powers that be don't seem to be able to grasp it. What I do know is, my fund can't stand any more drains. It's dry. They've gone to the well, my fund, too often.

Richard Farmer


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, April 15, 2013
Article comment by: Joe Schmo


"When those fools built themselves a new facility."

The City of Kingman has not built any new facilities. I think you're confusing the City of Kingman with Mohave County.

Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Article comment by: David Rogers

Here is just a thought. Stop voting for God and Guns. Just maybe the city of Kingman will vote in some intelligent servants to the public.

Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Article comment by: Melissa Bosshard

I agree totally. When those fools built themselves a new facility and raided 3 or 4 various funds to make up the difference, it just ma me laugh. And this was done to give us better customer service. The problem is that they don't realize we are not as stupid as they think. Not to mention the article about selling another facility that originally cost us $850, 000 for $350,000 to a foreign investor. Really? Most of us can't raid 'other' funds to pay for bigger stuff. When we 'raid' our funds it's our medical money, kids future tuition or even a possible savings account so we can eat in our old age. How long will we take this? I agree that the heading could have been better, but the guy is correct. We are being fleeced!

Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013
Article comment by: janice palmer

its nice to see a man like mr. farmer hit the nail on the head. he has the right idea. if you remember right, I told the voters about this council and some of the people. unfortunatey, they elected and reelected some of them. oh well. try again next time, but get your heads out of the sand.....k? Janice l. palmer

Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013
Article comment by: Another Taxed to the limit person

Nothing is going to change. As long at the Republicans are in office, thing are going to be exactly the same. They have the monopoly and are going to continue using it to gouge us. If the problem is a "Revenue" one. How about they take a cut in pay? How about they donate a portion of their "salary" to help offset these problems. I'm pay enough as is. I can't afford another tax. But they don't care. The republicans have lived off everyone in this county forever. Why change now?

Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013
Article comment by: Resident Joe

Mr. Farmer,

I believe you have a few of your facts twisted. I was at that meeting and no one said there were NO tax increases since 1990. It was said that the base Sales Tax has not been raised since 1990. No matter what you will see a net decrease in your taxes when all is said and done. It may or may not be as much as you wanted but a decrease of any kind is good for your wallet.

I for one have no problem paying for the community I live, eat, work and play in. You seem to only hear what you want to hear. "The folly of a $55 million sewage treatment plant for 9,000 customers is not an increase?" No sir, that was a mandate from the state. One fund has nothing to do with the other. It is called an Enterprise fund. Many of the items the city is facing is not their "pet projects" but mandates from the State Level or Federal Level to change, upgrade, or fix something. Do your homework.

In all my years this is the first time I have ever felt bad for a politician. These people are trying to keep our community running. You complain about the weeds, the trash and the graffiti but you are not willing to chip in to fix the problem. There is NO PRIMARY PROPERTY TAX IN KINGMAN. Let me say this one more time so you can understand...NOT ONE PENNY OF YOUR PROPERTY TAX GOES TO THE CITY OF KINGMAN. They pay the bills with the sales tax and shared revenue from the state. The legislature keeps taking some of that each year. I love the parks, the city needs to be cleaned up and I for one want a police officer at my house if I have an emergency and one at my child's school to keep them safe.

I WILL remember who votes for this because I will know who made the best decision for their city and who made the best decision for themselves.

Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013
Article comment by: Rick O'Shea

I agree, unfortunately the obtuse people in this town that voted Salem and the others back in the last time will no doubt forget about the incompetence at the next election.

Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013
Article comment by: Dean Wolslagel

Your correct Mr.Farmer ! The City of Kingman has been under the control of a bunch of friends and they all protect each other rather than the public. When the city council fails to oversee the managers of the city we have a big problem . Salem wont listen to you unless you pay him for some of his tools and what a disgrace it is to have such a Mayor. The folly of having built sewer treatment plants 3 times the size needed and building an A+filter system for an extra few million dollars, which we have no piping to the golf course or the parks, .. tells me the design contractors took this city for a ride !

Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013
Article comment by: Trained observer

Regardless of the content of this letter, why would the Miner print something with a title like this? Not funny, cute or intelligent.

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