Conservative fantasy world
Two counties in Southern Oregon rejected an increase in their property taxes—that are the lowest in Oregon—that would have funded public safety (including having police available the whole day). Anti-tax zealots, here is your dream world (as described by the Majority Leader in the Oregon House):
“I don’t feel good that we have parts of Oregon that are becoming like parts of Appalachia. I don’t think it’s right that a woman who needs immediate help because she is being attacked has to wait three hours until a police officer can get there.” (emphasis added).
Yes, taxes pay for essential services and the answer is not just “cut down more of the forests willy nilly.” Sometimes when you have lower taxes than everyone else in the state and can’t pay for the police department, you have to suck it up and pay more taxes. Sorry.