PBC Tax Hike Looms on the Horizon

“Whenever the people are wellinformed, they can be trusted with their own government…”

Thomas Jefferson

Atlantis March 3 – Jefferson also frequently pointed to the corollary; an ill-informed citizenry inevitably leads to tyranny, which is why the Republican Club was lucky to host Taxpayer Action Board co-founder Fred Scheibl at its latest meeting.

With the Palm Beach Board of County Commissioners debating the merits of putting a one percent sales tax increase on the August or November 2016 ballot, it takes a dedicated volunteer public servant to decipher the machinations of forces interested in filling the coffers with $2.3 billion over the next ten years, such as Fred Scheibl.

The Palm Beach Gardens resident explained that two groups were behind the proposal: The Fire/Rescue Union and the School Board. The first was up against numerous legal conundrums and the calendar, and probably would not make it across the finish line, while the latter, enhanced by the clout of the Cultural Council, posed a more serious challenge.

Ostensibly, the majority of the new revenues would target infrastructure needs, but since that was a “hard sell” to voters, a dog-and-pony show would have to glamorize the package, to make it fly. Hence, the dramatic participation of the Cultural Council.

Half of the Board had major questions for the proponents, and recommended more time and study, while others wiggled under School Board pressure. Some of their hearings fell under Palm Beach Post scrutiny, while other deliberations took place behind closed doors.

Scheibl concluded his presentation by saying that the tax hike proposal featured many moving parts, operating on sands shifting daily, and advocated by a host of differing parties who were not always in alignment. He urged the membership to become more active in the public hearings and to follow the action at www.pbctab.org.

The next meeting of the Republican Club of Central Palm Beach County will take place on Thursday, April 7th at the Atlantis Country Club at 6:30 p.m. Our guest speaker will be political consultant and controversial author Roger Stone. This is one lollapalooza you won’t want to miss. Please bring a friend.