The tax The Times continuously pushes is not a fair tax. Derived from the adjusted gross of the federal return, after all deductions and notorious tax breaks, it is placed on the backs of the working class, while the wealthy pay little or nothing. The Times is exempt.
The state collects it and keeps it, eventually giving the county a portion. Many of the working class cannot afford two more taxes — the second tax when the property tax levy is unfrozen and taxes increase.
All this would be an easier pill to swallow if we were rewarded some way in return, other than the propaganda in The Times.
I think the county should consider a trade — a free Cline Avenue Bridge in return for the tax. It would be one less thing we’d have to pay for the rest of our lives, just to get around.
- Allen K. Hoppel, Highland