'F' as in Frank

From cell phone to cell block

"Can you hear me now?" That's one of the commercial slogans for a popular cell phone company.

Well, it appears that the Sunnyside City Council has heard its citizens' call for increased law enforcement with the cell phone tax approved this week.

I'm no fan of new taxes, but if a few extra dollars from my cell phone service can put three additional officers on the street, then so be it.

The cell phone tax is imposed by municipalities around the state, it's just that Sunnyside is a little late to the game.

My support of the cell phone tax, though, is only because it is going to support law enforcement.

I wrote just last month in this column about the doubled crime rate in Sunnyside during the city's Cinco de Mayo festival. Hopefully, the presence of additional men and women in blue, along with citizen involvement, can make a dent in the crime rate.

Our police do the best they can with the resources they have, in my opinion, so I'm all for them to have more available to them.

Here's an idea that could bring on an additional two or three dozen officers:

How about a tax on the gross receipts of the payday loan places that have sprouted up on every street corner in Sunnyside? Those businesses certainly are making a profit, otherwise they wouldn't be flocking to this area. So let's impose a user tax on them.

I'm not sure whether or not such a tax could be levied, but if city hall is listening-and it seems to be lately-then let's have staff look into whether Sunnyside could put a payday loan tax on the books.

Oops, better go, my cell phone's ringing.

And you know what that means in Sunnyside now, don't you?

Every time a ring tone chimes a bad guy's doing time.


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