Friday, November 28, 2014

Swimming in money?

3/21/2014

I think it’s a shame the state quit giving state food sales tax and homestead tax refunds to the poor and elderly. As if they needed anymore money to stuff their coffers.

I wonder what they will do with the added $4 water runoff fee they tagged on our utility bill? It really amazes me how our politicians can come up with ways to slap a tax or surcharge on us and sleep at night. If you look at all the taxes, surcharges and lease fees they can put on your monthly utility bills — plus all the added charges you have to pay for car tags, drivers license and EPA fees that we run into each year — the state ought to be swimming in money!

I think it’s a shame the state quit giving state food sales tax and homestead tax refunds to the poor and elderly. As if they needed anymore money to stuff their coffers.

I wonder what they will do with the added $4 water runoff fee they tagged on our utility bill? It really amazes me how our politicians can come up with ways to slap a tax or surcharge on us and sleep at night. If you look at all the taxes, surcharges and lease fees they can put on your monthly utility bills — plus all the added charges you have to pay for car tags, drivers license and EPA fees that we run into each year — the state ought to be swimming in money!

Another thing ... I can’t figure why voters keep electing these tax-and-spenders.

— Stanley Lloyd,

Ottawa

[Editor’s note: The preceding Reader Forum letter references the City of Ottawa’s stormwater utility fee, which became effective Jan. 1. The flat fee of $4 per month for residential properties and units was approved by city leaders, not state lawmakers.]

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