Though not a resident of Anaheim, I was disappointed to read (July 22) that the Anaheim City Council will put a proposed "police tax" on the ballot.
Since the passage of Proposition 13, many city governments have adopted a disturbing strategy of pushing tax increases onto the ballot to fund essential public services (such as this "police tax") rather then cutting non-essential services. This is patently unfair and undermines the spirit of that 1978 landmark tax-cutting proposition.
Is it the hope of local governments that the voters will feel compelled to vote for these tax increases to protect their families, homes and businesses? Will this then allow the funding of non-essential services to continue uncut when those services ought to be cut in order to properly fund our police forces?
As the federal government's first responsibility is to defend our borders from possible attack, so is it local government's first priority to protect the physical safety of its citizens and their neighborhoods.