I will be voting for this referendum. It may not be the most popular position, but elected officials ought to be honest with their constituents. There is a real need for infrastructure improvements in our county, and a defined, sales tax driven effort is fiscally prudent. By paying for what we need now (not a bond), we ensure that needed educational/government projects are funded, without paying unneeded interest, and by ensuring our county visitors chip in, as well. The referendum ensures our ability to keep our millage rates low, while catching up on property revenues lost during recession. Our ability to live free of a state income tax is enshrined in our state constitution. Thus, voters will need to, on occasion, ensure proper revenues are collected to responsibly fund capital improvement projects. It is a difficult balancing act, and should not be taken lightly. However, elected officials hold the public's trust, and should speak truthfully regarding the needs of our community.