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Letters to the Editor for April 21, 2012


Ocala, FL - April 21, 2012

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 6:30 a.m.

Taxed enough already

Just like in Washington, D.C., and Tallahassee, the powers that be in Marion County still haven't gotten the message from the 2010 elections.

I understand that the School Board and Munroe Regional have had significant reductions in their incomes, and both have made some difficult cuts in spending. But the homeowners of Marion County simply cannot afford an increase in property taxes to assist them in meeting their budgetary requirements.

We have seen our home values drop 40 percent or more in the last five years, unemployment remains very high, foreclosures and short sales are still commonplace, median income is low and wages are stagnant. With the spike in gas prices and groceries, combined with higher costs of health insurance and property insurance, our individual budgets can't take any more hits, regardless of how much we respect the work being done by our schools and our hospital.

You cannot continue expecting property owners to pay more and more, while those benefiting most from the increased taxes are paying little to nothing. While, personally, I am against any new tax increases of any kind at present, a sales tax spreads the pain and involves more people in the process.

I encourage voters to reject these millage increases and encourage Munroe and the School Board to find other alternatives to meet their fiscal needs.

Richard Bartholomew