Mexico Man Tries to Cut Taxes
The petition asks the city council to pass a law limiting Mexico's annual budget from local revenue to $7 million. Goe says the budget will balloon to more than $10 million next year, without the proposed ordinance.
The city crunches the numbers differently, estimating $8.5 million in local revenue.
"The average resident will pay $294 less upon passage, and that will make it a better economic place to live," Goe says.
He says his petition will stop what he calls a serious problem, businesses moving out of the city.
But a council member says businesses are actually moving into town.
"There are people who, no matter how much positive information that you give them that the city is moving forward and that things are looking up, they want to find concerns," said Dan Botts.
He says Goe's petition would hurt Mexico.
"It would be a reduction in city services, and we'd have to take a closer look at what that would mean," Botts says. "But, I don't see that that's at all necessary."
But Goe says it is necessary. "The people are very receptive right now, the ones I talked to. They're having economic troubles."
Goe says he's collected about 40 signatures, out of the 1,200 he says he needs.
Goe will continue collecting signatures through the end of this month. If he hasn't reached his goal by then, he says he'll go door-to-door.
KOMU learned about this story from the KOMU discussion boards. Check out what Goe wrote about his petitiong by visiting the Mexico discussion board on KOMU.com.