The only countywide issue on the May 6 ballot is Issue 10, a half-mill, 10-year operating and improvement levy for the Portage Parks that would cost the owner of a $100,000 property about $17.50 per year.
Perhaps it is a modest request. However, people that don't go to parks won't benefit.
I understand what it's like to operate on a shoestring budget. Many seniors are finding it to be challenging.
In Streetsboro, the school issue that passed recently has increased property taxes. In 2013. I was finally old enough to qualify for the Homestead Exemption, only to have taxes raised significantly because of the levy. Now we are asked to embrace yet another levy.
Every year, my water and sewer bills increase. My home and car insurance increase.
The library has asked for money, only to be turned down and had to cut hours, etc., because of reduced funding.
We, as voters, can vote yes or no. If the majority says "Yes," it's not fair to the minority.
Perhaps what would be far to all is to charge admission to the ones who will benefit by the passage of the levy.
I cannot afford any more increases to my budget.
Mary Alice Trimmer, Streetsboro
The problem is mob democracy and not equal representation under the law in allowing non property tax paying individuals to vote to tax those who do have to pay rsidential property tax. Any business will also just pass any tax increase onto their customers.
Mary says, "We, as voters, can vote yes or no. If the majority says "Yes," it's not fair to the minority."
Odd statement. I was always told voting was a way to make things fair.
Mary life is not always fair, especially to the minorities. You state you qualify for a homestead exemption, that really isn't fair to those of us that are not old enough to claim such an exemption. Now is it?
Jim Lighton makes some great points below.
"We 'all' are being tax to the hilt in one manner or another. But 'this' maintenance/operational tax levy has the ability to help people's lives. One day, we 'all' may need a smooth solid surface to walk on to 'strengthen our hearts' from an 'UNWANTED' heart attack or stroke. Or 'need' a safe exercise area or even a 'transportation corridor' to travel to work. This is 'one' of the few 'NEW' ideas, that I feel is extremely 'COST EFFECTIVE' for 'OURSELVES' and our 'POSTERITY'. I will vote 'YES' for this operational levy." Jim Lighton - Ravenna Township