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No more taxes

Posted: May 23, 2009 10:28 p.m.
Updated: May 24, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Editor's note: The following letter was sent to The Signal but also addressed to officials involved in proposed Sanitation District rate increases.

You're looking for written comments about the proposed sewer rate increase.

Here is mine: no new taxes.

I find it interesting that the "Notice of Public Hearing" we received in the mail looks and reads like a complex legal document - small print, wide margins. The important facts are buried in fat paragraphs of small, tightly spaced type.

And when I look at your Web site, all the "feel-good" things you're doing are designed with large print, big photographs of blue skies and green hillsides and few facts that property taxpayers might like to know.

I searched the entire site and could not find a detailed budget document.

So I'm here to ask: How much are you spending on staff salaries and benefits? What are your legacy costs, now and projected?
What do your executive salaries and perks look like? How much of my tax money is being squandered (yes, you know the waste is there)?

How salty is the water that flows into our homes before we turn it into what you deem to be chloride-ridden waste water?

The pie chart on your Web site seems to indicate that almost half the chloride you're worried about downstream is already in the water supply when it's delivered. Is that right?

So, you've collected a bunch of dollar figures that support your position that only a tax increase will solve your financial problems.
And you've framed the "argument" on a legal-size sheet of tiny black print. Oh, yes, you do mention something about meetings at City Hall - at the very bottom, after making your readers cross-eyed.

Chances are, you're no doubt speculating that homeowners won't respond to this boring treatise. And even if they show up at the meetings and protest, you'll simply do what you intend, anyway, and bump up the dollars in that side section on residents' twice-yearly property tax bills.

In case I don't make it to one of those meetings, I wanted my voice to be heard. Are you listening?

We're being taxed to death at every level, and it's time to say "no."


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