Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Super-majority serves a purpose


In response to a recent editorial (Nov. 11) lamenting the failure of various bond issues due to the super-majority requirement for passage, I offer the following thoughts.

The two-thirds requirement provides a critical element of fiscal discipline for local governments and taxing districts. Bond issues fail for several reasons, including that the need is not as great as perceived by the proponents or the electorate has not been adequately informed. Bond issues will pass with a super-majority if the need is truly substantial and the increased taxes are affordable.

It is painfully obvious that the lack of fiscal discipline at the federal level has edged our nation to the brink of default. In this era of financial chaos, it is more critical than ever to maintain high standards, including the super-majority vote, before adding new taxes.

Dale Ewersen

Bellevue




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