COLLEYVILLE, TX—Colleyville mother, Judith Clark is willing to do loads of laundry, but what the mother of three young children isn't willing to do is pay more for the electricity that runs the machine.
"I feel like I am being nickel and dimed to death with taxes."
On top of the city's sales tax, Colleyville city officials were proposing adding an additional tax, newly allowed under state law. Authorities planned to slap a sales tax on residential utilities, requiring homeowners to pay more for electric, gas and even telephone. The additional monies would be used to fund crime fighting measures.
But, tonight, members of the Crime Control and Prevention District Board spoke out before voting to reject the plan. "I am very mad at Washington and what is happening there, so I feel helpless", said board member, Mike Taylor. Panel members agreed it is no time to bump taxes when many people are hurting. "I do not think this is the time to ask people to shoulder more burden", said Michael Muhm.
To some in Colleyville, the vote came as a surprise. Colleyville is considered one of the most affluent cities in the country, where large homes dot the landscape. The utility tax would have added about $2.50 a month to the typical bill or about $30 a year.
All of the projected revenue, more than $200,000 a year, would have been earmarked for crime-fighting measures. Even though Police Chief, Steve Dye expressed some disappointment, he recognized the measure could have fallen prey to an existing anti-tax atmosphere. "I still have to go back and make sure we offer the level of police service that people in Colleyville are used to. We are proud of the low crime rate", said Chief Dye.