Ask again in four years

  • Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Dear Editor:

The article posted in the Oct. 10 edition of The Berkeley Independent entitled “Our Community Needs This” addresses the $198 million school bond referendum that will be on the ballot Nov. 6. (The money) would be nice. There are many things $198 million would make nice in the community.
The Yes for School committee has planted billboards and articles claiming we need to make schools safe. However, is this the right time to ask any taxpayer to pay one dime more? John Matthews, the co-chair of the Yes for Schools committee said that “students get motivated when they come into a place they are comfortable in and things are nice and it helps with the discipline problem.”
Really, does that mean if we do not vote yes to raise our property taxes at a time when the vast majority of the entire nation is hurting like never before in their lifetime, the school children will act out their lack of discipline? This seems to be an issue that rests solely upon the parent or lack of parenting. I do not think this is a good time to ask the voters to increase their taxes, I do not think the schools are in that bad of shape they could not wait a few more years until the American voters make changes Nov. 6 to get this country back on track.
The last two times my property taxes were raised in the last 10 years caused my home mortgage payment to increase $389 and with the bad economy on top of that I no longer have a home to worry about. I am now renting as I did fresh out of high school after being a homeowner for 17 years.
I think at this time in American history we need to conjure up a bit of our grandparents’ wise thinking and the words frugal, thrifty, make it work, pull together, buck up and NO come to mind.
Mr. Matthews also said he can’t even gas up his car for $40. So if you have a $100,000 home the tax will be $40; well a $200,000 home will cost you $80.
Let’s not put the cart before the horse (grandparent phrase). Let’s fix our economy, create jobs and lower taxes before we ask any more from the taxpayer. My focus is survival at this point in time and I cannot afford one dime. Have you seen Greece in the news lately? We are not far from that scenario. Let’s not do as the Romans do.
Ask me again in four years and I will let you know how things are.

Mark Hess
Moncks Corner

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