September 27, 2022 – Washington Co., WI – On the November 8 ballot there will be a countywide referendum, asking residents of Washington county if they would vote in favor of increasing the county’s portion of their tax levy by nearly 10% to increase staffing of the Sheriff’s department by 13% and labeled as an Anti-Crime measure. As a member of the Washington county board of supervisors, I strongly recommend voting NO to this referendum.
At the August board meeting, I was a very vocal opponent of this measure. At a time when inflation is rampant- decimating the real income of the taxpayers – and their retirement accounts are being hammered, as well as dealing with a myriad of other related problems, asking for an additional 10% from our taxpayers is, in my opinion, completely tone deaf to the economic plight of our constituents.
No one – and I mean no one – is more pro law enforcement, pro police, than me. I believe in the rule of law and am thankful to the members of our Sheriff’s department and my local Hartford Police Department for the job they do to protect our communities day in and day out.
But this referendum will not solve the problem that the county executive and sheriff purport it will – the crime problems plaguing our country as a whole and our county are not going to be solved, or even really dented, by a massive increase in the number of Sheriff’s department employees. As I have commented before, we can have a member of our Sheriff’s department for every cow and cornstalk in Washington county – and it won’t fix the interminable crime problems they face. That is just the honest truth…..
Growing the size and scope of government while making county taxpayers poorer are two things I am definitely against. The fact is, county government cannot resolve these problems – to believe it can is only pollyannish, and misguided.
As I have stated before, if you want to reverse the course of increasing crime and drug abuse in our communities, we need to have the courage to vote out in November the people at the state level who are at the genesis of the massive spike in these problems – Tony Evers and Josh Kaul.
The fentanyl crisis is a result of open borders policies supported by Democrats, and its flow will not stop until our border policy is sane, and finally secured. District attorneys who advocate for low or no bail for multiple offenders and lenient judges must be replaced by an Attorney General and Governor who believe in the rule of law, not social justice nonsense. We need to have the courage to make these choices in November and begin pulling out of the societal & crime spiral we are in.
You can back the badge and be pro law enforcement as I am – and for the rule of law, as I am – and vote NO to Resolution 27.
County board supervisor, District 10, Hartford
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