Who’s getting our tax money?

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I’ve been hearing on the news stations that since our state’s financial situation is in dire condition, the police chiefs must lay off some of our police officers. Does this mean we didn’t need them in the first place? Also, the police chiefs said on TV that our outlying areas won’t get the protection that we are used to. If this is the case, can we buy a home protection kit? Maybe a bag of defense weapons, like a gun, a club, pepper spray, a pitbull, etc. If I remember right, our taxes were to pay for police protection, fire protection and road repair, etc. Who’s getting our tax money? If we have to protect ourselves, then maybe our self-defense costs could be tax-deductible. Knight Wagner, Colfax