Sedgwick County Commission Chairman Karl Peterjohn was being principled in not voting to raise residential trash fees by $1.66 per year. But his vote also showed how ideology can be taken to silly extremes. Peterjohn said he promised during his campaign to push for voter approval of tax increases, and he considers the fee a tax increase — even though state law says otherwise. But while voters could appreciate being asked to approve a tax increase of some significance, most of them likely trust and expect commissioners to decide whether a fee increase of 14 cents a month is needed.
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