Gahanna city leadership still doesn't get it.

To the Editor:

Gahanna city leadership still doesn't get it. They still insist on spending other people's money on things that the citizens have already said they do not want or need.

My wife opened the Gahanna water bill (that was $240 for a family of two, but I digress), and inside that envelop was an 8x11-inch color flier printed in duplex and folded into thirds.

I won't get into the unfairness of that one-sided, taxpayer-funded, propaganda effort, but it should be noted.

My brief five-minute research effort yielded that the printing costs alone for that flier was about 16 cents per sheet. And let's not forget about the labor time involved in creating the flier, the editing process of the flier, running the verbiage of the flier through legal advisers, folding the flier and stuffing it into the envelope.

On the flier, it has answers to a number of questions that voters might want answered before the upcoming tax-increase issue that was already rejected in May. It was a good idea, assuming the bill payer wasn't stunned by the amount due on the water/sewer bill.

One question is, "What will happen if this issue doesn't pass?" It is presented as a bulleted list of the usual scare items, like street maintenance, old folks' care and police protection. But it misses one important item. It does not mention that if the issue does not pass, the city will not be able to afford to produce and distribute marketing brochures like this. Perhaps that is because the current leadership knows that it will always waste our money on things like this regardless of what we tell them.

We listen to the song and dance about how Gahanna needs more money, and we witness this. Do we pay our leaders to sit around in a circle and brainstorm for cute ways to market their desire to have a bigger budget to manage?

People, use your noggin. Look at what is happening. The tax increase needs to be denied. All of the incumbents that support the tax increase need to go.

Herman Belcher
Gahanna