Mt. Vernon Register-News

Opinion

March 25, 2014

Wake up calls

(Continued)

If the taxing bodies —state, county, city, schools and all others — do not get the message from recent events that we are fed up; I do not know what it will take.

We are not stupid! We know it takes money to run governments, schools, etc., and that a large percentage comes from some form of tax. Don’t they realize we have the second reported highest property taxes of all states in the nation? We just want to know that increased taxes should not be the first option when a financial problem exists.

We want to know that our political leaders and school leaders have explored every avenue of improved efficiency, reduced cost and reduced service risk before increased taxes are even in the dialog. We want to know that not only has the fat been trimmed, but the bone will be nicked if we go any farther. Attempting to raise PTEL limits is an example of how people think when they spend other people’s money.

Our local citizens, by a huge margin, just told us how they feel about sales tax increases. They are speaking out loudly about the new school financial fiasco and the potential for increased property taxes.

It borders on arrogance and lack of care to keep up the accumulative tax increases and placing financial burdens on future generations that will pay dearly after some of us are gone. I think that wake-up calls are telling all of us loud and clear and I hope they are hearing it, that we want solutions that parallel what we do in our own lives.

Most of us do not spend more than we take in. Most of us do not borrow money our kids will have to repay. Most of us are not immune to downturns in the economy as our counterparts in government. We know that when times are tough we must tighten the belt.

We should expect no less from the folks we pay with our taxes. We want increased taxes in any form to be the last consideration; not the first just because they can.

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