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TO THE EDITOR:

As we approach our right to vote on the county increase in sales tax, I am left in awe. I have studied the county’s budgets for several years and I am having a difficult time in concluding that it is both needed and beneficial.

In 2002 the county budget was $19 million and in 2017 it is $99 million; that is an $80 million increase in 15 years. Or $5.3 million a year, an average increase of 28 percent a year. As a business consultant for 30 years, I have never come across a business with this stellar growth.

I completed an analysis of the county’s budgets from 2002 to 2012 by department and put it in a PowerPoint program. Per the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Consumer Price Index averaged 2.6 percent during the above period. The budget from 2002 to 2012 increased by $38 million or $3.8 million a year, or 20.8 percent a year during the study period.

Since the increase is now $5.3 million a year, one can conclude that the Eddy County budget is increasing at an alarming rate.

The county wants to build a new, larger jail and a new administration building.

All the above should be set against the fact that all of county government was in the courthouse as late as 1992.

Larry G. Coalson
Otis