Here's my two cents to explain why I'm voting against the 1 cent sales tax increase proposed this November. If other departments and entities would keep their fingers off these funds, which are supposed to be for fire and safety, I'd vote for this measure.

Since it's going into the general fund, it will be siphoned off, just like funding for the White Lane overpass a few years ago. Anyhow, the sheriff will likely have to keep asking for more and more funding because of the money's diversion.

Gerry Baker, Bakersfield