Tax watchdog group forms |

Tax watchdog group forms

Staff Reports
Chuck Carroll, Commissioner Dave Nelson, Ann Carroll and Judy Jacobs
Lynn Muzzy | Special to The R-C

A new tax watchdog group has formed with more than 30 people turning out to a meeting at Topaz Lodge last Wednesday.

District 1 Commissioner Dave Nelson was the group’s first invited guest speaker.

“One important mainstay of American politics is the power of the people to bring about change or to implement new ideas regarding how we are governed,” Ginger Starrett said in opening the meeting. “This kind of grass roots engagement has been shown time and time again to get results.”

Members said the organization’s purpose is to bring to the attention of the taxpayers Douglas County policies that they say benefit the county government but not the county taxpayers.

“That taxpayer money in many cases, is being spent on wants and not needs; and that some taxpayer money is just wasted,” according to group members. “The mission is to have an informed public put pressure on the commissioners to pay attention and act on getting things done without raising taxes.”

More information is available at about county issues that affect residents’ tax bill.

Nelson spoke about the recently signed contracts between Douglas County and its employees, and the resulting lack of funding for roads.

He said county commissioners voted on March 6, 2014 not to maintain local roads without the imposition of more taxes.

This was the first of a series of Strikeforce town hall meetings.