When I talk about Carl Wimmer, I failed to discuss appropriately his new tax plan. Perhaps that is a good thing, because it left this opportunity to dispel some half truths that are being spread about his record.
When I picked up the mail today, I saw me second mailer this campaign season from Wimmer’s opponent, Dave Hogue. However, I was deceived. While it appears to have come from Hogue’s campaign, the small print reveals that the ad came from the Utah State Democratic Party. I almost had to get out a magnifying glass to see it.
But that isn’t the point. The point is that this ad is full of half truths. While, I could discuss that half truths the add tells about Wimmer’s vote on CHIP and the Jordan School District Split. I would like to focus on the most erroneous the half truths.
The ad states, “Now education funding is a mess, and Wimmer wants to shift the burden by INCREASING THE SALES TAX BY 2.25% to fix the district split” (emphasis theirs).
Talk about picking and choosing what you talk about. The Democratic Party forgot to mention that Carl’s Tax Plan will completely remove the school district based property tax. Wimmer’s purpose is to create a way for school funding to be more proportionate to population and not to property value.
The current system has several flaws. In places where properties have high values, the school receive more money then those were property taxes are lower. Also, it creates a system where some pay less than their share of taxes because they have larger families, or they have multiple families living in a home.
Wimmer’s plan will change that buy, taking the money to areas where people live. For example, I have a large family. There are eight of us. However, I pay a rate of taxes based on the value of my home. Granted I live in a larger home, but I know people who live in homes almost twice the size of mine, but they only have three people living in that home. Because I have eight people to care for, I will pay a fairer share of my burden to educate my children through Wimmer’s program.
Don’t let the half truth’s of the Utah Democratic Party fool you. Wimmer is working to lower taxes. Wimmer cares about our children and he is fighting for our children’s education. Wimmer is the right choice for District 52.