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‘Power corrupts’

Published: Monday, Oct. 17, 2011 10:48 p.m. CST

The Home Rule law being voted on in the primary election on March 20 is an important issue to anyone who lives in Princeton, owns property in Princeton, or shops in Princeton, no matter your age.

Tax relief is a prominent issue among those who are for Home Rule, whether they admit it or not. Ask yourselves how often you hear politicians, at any governmental level, promise tax relief to get what they want, supposedly, so they can help you as a taxpayer. Then ask yourselves, how often that tax relief actually happens.

All the Home Rule law will do, if voted in, is eliminate your ability as a taxpayer, to have a say in tax regulation in your community. There will be no referendums to find out what you think or want, unless the city council deems it necessary. No matter your age, you will lose some of your rights as a taxpayer to have your voice heard because you will have given that power to the city council representatives.

Those who are promoting the implementation of Home Rule chose the primary to bring this issue to the people because of the lower voter turnout in primary elections. Governmental employees, to protect their jobs, can cancel out many of your votes against the implementation of home rule. That is why it is important for you to have your voice heard, as a taxpayer, before it is too late. If you don’t want to declare your party when you cast your vote, just ask for a bipartisan ballot. But, vote against Home Rule.

Someone once told me, “Power corrupts, and absolute power absolutely corrupts.” Keep that in mind when you are voting on Home Rule for the city of Princeton on March 20.

Teresa Carlson


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