Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Excellent question: Where do your tax dollars go?








I’m glad some graffiti vandal put this intriguing question up along the Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway near Wal-Mart for all to see. (that building has since been torn down.) It got me thinking. Many of us taxpayers think about this mystery on a regular basis.
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Unfortunately, there is little or nothing we can do about it because the politicians who control the money have in mass, turned their backs on the people. It has become obvious that these political prostitutes will sell their souls for votes and money. Many of us spend money hand over fist and see absolutely nothing come of it. Does anyone have a good answer. I wasn’t all that satisfied with the county’s explanation(see link below).

I pay more than my share of taxes and for once would actually like to see my tax dollars at work doing something to benefit me. Living in western Pinal County, there is little to do out here. There is a park not far from my home, but it appears to have been abandoned. This park is located on the southwest corner of Ralston Rd./Farrell Rd. This is a disgrace!
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This park started out as something positive, only to become one of many disgusting eyesores.

The City of Maricopa has a beautiful park complete with a lake. The Ak Chin Indian Community has a park, ballfield and recreation center. What does western Pinal County(Thunderbird Farms, Papago Buttes, Hidden Valley) have? Blight and ruin!(and high taxes)

The Parks, Recreation and Fairgrounds Department is responsible for a wide array of programs for residents and visitors of all ages and interests. The County’s 5 parks host an assortment of experiences from the Sonoran Deserts to the agricultural farmlands surrounding the County’s Fairgrounds. The Department works jointly with County management, leadership and Board of Supervisors to provide the highest level of service possible. The parks, open space and trails facilities offer leisure and sport activities for all ages. The Department maintains 4 parks throughout the County. Dudleyville Park, Oracle Park, Kortsen Park and the Pinal County Fairgrounds.

“The 'robbery' of our country’s treasury by interlopers and usurpers will bring this nation to economic and social ruin.”
--Harry L. Hughes III
 
Pinal County has only four parks? None of them are near me. Having learned this fact, it comes as no surprise as to why we have so many uneducated and thugnut type youth(criminals) running amuck in this county.
http://pinalcountyaz.gov/Departments/PRF/Pages/Home.aspx

*According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 5,374 square miles (13,919 km²), of which, 5,370 square miles (13,907 km²) of it is land and 4 square miles (12 km²) of it (0.08%) is water. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinal_County,_Arizona

As I have worked hard to expose rural blight in many of my previous blogs, it came as no surprise to see this blight hit the only park around for miles. Having traveled to 142 cities in three countries, it really pisses me off to say that Thunderbird Farms has become one of the worst places I’ve visited. It’s has become embarrassing to call myself a resident. It disgusts me more to say that I found places in Mexico to be less trashed and run down. Isn’t that pathetic?

Why doesn’t Pinal County have a chain gang? Jail Inmates would be able to clean up this neighborhood park and other blighted areas. I have noticed that the Arizona Department of corrections has a crew of inmates that does weed, brush and trash removal along roads and highways. I have even seen them working on my block, but not for a couple of years. Next door in Maricopa County, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has a very successful chain gang. Inmate labor is a wonderful resource that should be tapped.

Another solution to our blight problem could be in the form of community service hours performed by traffic and non-violent criminal offenders. J.P. #8’s Judge Sulley could easily make that happen with a few words and the stroke of a pen.

“We stand today poised on a pinnacle of wealth and power, yet we live in a land of vanishing beauty, of increasing ugliness, of shrinking open space and of an overall environment that is diminished daily by pollution and noise and blight. This, in brief, is the quiet conservation crisis.” --Stewart L. Udall