Prepare to pay more taxes
was the headline Aug. 13 in the Register Star.
However, the article did not mention how this is to be done by residents such as: senior citizens on a fixed income facing age-related health issues and other increasing expenses who also have even lower incomes due to very low interest rates; our neighbors whose jobs have been eliminated; local residents who have had their hours cut back just to maintain company survival; people who have been laid off with their lower unemployment benefits to eventually be eliminated; two-income families now on only one income struggling to just get by; those in a dislocated workers program doing all they can to retrain and upgrade their skills; our friends working as temps with no benefits because it the only job they can find; those who have now used up their savings and have nothing left for an emergency; etc.
This is the time to decrease spending and cut back on property taxes. How about a multiplier under 1.000 to reduce the tax burden!
I would talk to my closest neighbor for suggestions, but the building next door has now been vacant for more than two years.
From the September 30 – October 6, 2009 issue.