Consider paying $25.00 a year to maintain our roads. Doesn’t sound like a big deal, until you begin to put everything together.
- Retirees on fixed incomes
- 54% of our children on reduced or free lunch
- 10% unemployment rate
- Foreclosures and tax sales up
- Business with 10, 20, 30 vehicles
- Additional taxes, LOIT and COIT (Income based)
- Increased health care premiums and costs
- Increased home and car insurance
- Increased driver’s license
- Increase in Sales Tax (from utilities to purchases)
- Increase in water and sewer rates (Royerton almost $70/month)
- Increase in heating costs (gas & electric)
- Increase in food prices
- Increase in gasoline prices (currently $2.65/gal up .30)
This list isn’t even exhaustive and only covers the basic needs. Just roughly estimating my additional increases is about $120.00 per month or $1,440 per year with the wheel tax is added in and excluding LOIT & COIT. With each increase, something else has to go like cable, cell phone, vacation, new clothes. The increased costs have sometimes been gradual, other times hard hitting and furious,
$25.00, it ain’t much…
Can we tap into our TIF funds and spare the citizens yet one more increase? I don’t know.
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