City Council: protect our homes

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The Lincoln City Council is continuing to require that city services be shrunk due to the lack of funding we face. Having a government that is lean is noble. However, causing public safety to suffer results in a loss of quality of life. That is abysmal. As quality-of-life functions suffer because our full-service community is no longer able to accommodate the promised amenities and attractions that were inherent to Lincoln, the city’s allure is diminished. These losses of service erode public safety while directly impacting property values. However, because Lincoln still retains the promise of being a valuable community in which to live, our properties have declined far less than in most other parts of the state and country. This public perception is a valuable commodity and needs to be preserved. To continue having a desirable community in which to live, public safety and services will have to be increased. Cutting further into services may have disastrous effects that might not be overcome in the foreseeable future. There is a very desirable cost benefit to increasing income over the loss of services. However, how that is presented is critical. Measure K was presented as a straightforward proposition that taxes needed to be increased. The public was caused to concentrate on perceived government waste and the vote was decisive in defeating the proposition. We are now suffering the results and it seems to be disastrous. Property values suffer, as services are restricted. Might it be that our problem is as simple as forming a public relations approach? Were the electorate to be presented with the choice to retain the value of their property by paying out yearly a small proportion of that saving, everyone would realize that this is a business proposal that puts or keeps value in their net worth. The straightforward logic of such a proposal could be compelling. Such a proposal is directed specifically at the self-interest of every homeowner. This deserves consideration. Steve Gorman, Lincoln