An idea for Tiffin

We, the citizens of Tiffin, can all guarantee ourselves financial independence by simply voting down any new taxes for the public schools, daily operations of the city, and all county operations and services. It is a no-brainer.

After all, what could be simpler than keeping more of our own, hard-earned money in our own pockets? Wouldn’t this obviously leave us all more money to spend here locally and, therefore, grow more business in Tiffin? Wouldn’t it be nice if it was all that simple?

I have never been a politician, so I try not to blindly criticize them until I have all the facts and figures. I have never been responsible for the livelihood of anyone but my own family, but one thing I have learned in business over the years is … you can’t move ahead without a plan … and that nothing happens when you do nothing. If you invest a dollar, you may get two dollars back, but if you invest nothing … you get the same back.

I don’t like taxes in the open or under any name used to hide the fact that we are being taxed. Unfortunately, without some degree of taxation, we would have no infrastructure and no services to us unless they are provided by us. No schools, fire or police departments, roadways, etc. More money in our pockets, but great life, huh!

Things, unfortunately, are not as simple as they look on the outside. The license tax proposed by Commissioner Fred Zoeller is not a tax I want to pay, but if there is a chance it may improve infrastructure, which could possibly lead to job growth within the city and county, let’s be patient and get all the facts before Zoeller is judged too harshly.

Before judging anyone in his position, first we have a choice to make: Do we want to live in a “bedroom community” where we are basically sleeping because we have no job or anything else to do, or do we want Tiffin and Seneca County to at least pursue an idea that may lead to economic growth? Do we want to work here or outside the community like so many people (including myself) were forced to do?

The choice is ours, folks. In that choice also lies our future and the future of our children, and the future of our grandchildren.

Let’s first decide what we want, but isn’t it to early to sit in judgment of an individual who started life with little and built a business that supported his family and the families of others? Let’s think it through before we drop the hammer.

Barry Fiske,