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Does STL County Executive Dooley Favor Raising Your Taxes: “Yes, I support Investment in Ourselves”

September 9th, 2010 by MarkTwain · No Comments

PRESIDENT OBAMA: “The Last Thing You Want To Do Is To Raise Taxes In The Middle Of A Recession Because That Would Just Suck Up — Take More Demand Out Of The Economy And Put Businesses In A Further Hole.” (MSNBC, 8/5/09)

Is the pressure from the toughest election of his political career starting to get to Charlie Dooley? How else do you explain Dooley calling St. Louis County government “the biggest bargain in our town” and his much accomplished opponent Bill Corrigan “incompetent?”

 St. Louis Beacon:

In any case, some tax increases are good, Dooley added, citing the county voters’ decision in April to increase the sales tax to provide additional money for Metro, the public transit system.

Corrigan’s advisers said afterward that they expect to hammer at Dooley for his views on taxes, and took particular note of the county executive’s question to the audience, in which he asked if anyone had seen a decline in their property tax bills or their assessments. Corrigan’s camp contends that Dooley appeared surprised when most people said their taxes had gone up.

Dooley said afterward that Corrigan didn’t understand how property taxes were assessed, or the fact that the county government portion accounted for so little.

“The man’s incompetent,” Dooley said. “He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.” Corrigan consultant Jeff Roe replied later, “That’s like the Scarecrow calling the Tinman ‘stupid.’ Read more….

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