When commenting on a proposed resolution in support of a levy to fund countywide emergency sirens (Olentangy Valley News, August 20, 2008), Bob Mann, Liberty Township trustee, showed that political spin is not limited to Columbus and the District of Columbia.
According to Mann, emergency sirens are a necessity. Necessity? Hmmm. Food, water, and shelter are necessities. The proof: folks place those items at the top of their spending priorities. But sirens?
If Mann truly believes that such a system is a necessity, he would be funding it the same way he funds his other personal necessities: he would reach into his own wallet.
But Mann doesn't believe that sirens are a necessity -- a top-priority need. Instead, he thinks that using tax dollars to fund this system is a great way to look good by spending someone else's money.
Whether the funds are freed from some current source or come from another levy, the result is the same: taxpayers pay for an unnecessary system that serves only to make some trustees look good.