States and local governments collect and dispense unimaginable
amounts of money for many reasons and, we believe for the most
part, with the best of intentions. Best intentions do not
always result in the most efficient and beneficial outcomes for our
citizens, especially taxpaying citizens.
political campaign, there is much talk about out of control
spending, earmarking of tax dollars and pork projects.
Everyone is against these things but the outflow of tax dollars to
questionable programs and projects continues unabated.
Earmarking and pork will continue until our elected officials
(national and local), local boards and various appointed authorities
hear a loud "that's enough" from their constituents that is
backed up by actions at the polls on election
Waste of tax dollars on unnecessary programs
will not be stopped by federal agencies and lawmakers in Washington
DC but rather by thousands of citizens at the local
level. We hope this website will help citizens inform
themselves about projects and programs that waste federal, state and
local tax dollars then communicate their opinions to their elected
officials. Every day we should ask ourselves: If not me,
who? If not here, where? If not now, when?
Together, we could start eliminating wasted taxes here and now.
to make this website a location for examination of government-funded
programs and projects of doubtful value. We will provide
names, addresses and websites for our elected officials and appointed
boards and authorities. We will update this site as new
information is developed. We welcome your suggestions for
improvement and for additional examples of tax waste that
should be publicized and stopped.
Keys to Effective Action
1. Identify projects
early, preferably in the planning phase and certainly before money
is committed to the project. Once enough political support is found to get funding
approved for a project, it will take a lot of public pressure
or maybe legal action to get the project halted long enough for
some sort of review and rejustification or replanning.
Proponents of the project will fight like hell to keep the money
flowing once funding is
public apathy. Make project information available to
the public in any way possible along with names and contact
information for elected officials and appointed boards having
jurisdiction over the project. Clearly define reasons that the
project lacks value for the public and describe any alternatives
that provide the same benefits at less cost. Attempt to get
the local newspaper to do an in-depth article on the project
describing the pros, cons, and any
alternatives. Establish and publicize a website that
provides information on the issues and defines actions that can be
taken to stop or alter the project. People who read
newspapers and use the Internet are the ones most likely to
understand the importance of acting to give their
opinions to those in power.
3. Be relentless. The American public has a short
attention span and needs constant reminders of what is going on
outside of their immediate family or circle of friends.
Reasons that the public should care enough to act should
be brought to people's attention