Archive for Thursday, February 1, 2007

Letter to the Editor

February 1, 2007

To the editor:

I applaud our State Representative, Tom Holland, for his column in the paper last week outlining two pieces of legislation in helping to relieve property tax burdens on our senior citizens. However, I would challenge Holland and his colleagues to provide real tax relief, not just smoke and mirror twists in an already repulsive system.

The first problem I found with the legislation was the foundation of the thought process involved. The proposed legislation would provide an added refund of $150 for our senior citizens with the "cost to the state" running $25 million. "Cost to the state?" What cost to the state? This is our money being taken from us and our representatives, out of the goodness of their hearts, are willing to kick back a few bucks "at the expense of the state?"... Holland, with all due respect, this is not the state's money, this is our money and the audacity to view any type of tax break as a "cost to the state" is, in my estimation, a prime example of how far away our government has drifted from representing the best interest of the people.

The second piece of legislation would allow folks over the age of 65 and incomes under $30k with an opportunity to let the state finance their increasing property taxes at a rate of 5 percent with payment due upon the death of the individual. Let me get this right...I buy a home valued at $100,000, I work hard all my life, raise my children, and try to carve out a nice life; meanwhile the value of the home increases and my property taxes increase, as well. Then, in my Golden Years, out of the goodness of their hearts, the state will finance my ever increasing property taxes at 5 percent, only to have my heirs see the home hit the auction block and the government first in line to take "their fair share?"... Again, I am appalled that our government has drifted so far from representing the best interest of the people they are supposed to represent. To put retired folks in a situation that would create a need for this "reverse mortgage" is absurd. If you want to provide tax relief for our seniors, lower their taxes.

Here's an idea, how about folks paying property taxes based on the amount paid for the property? Then, they can keep the home after they retire without worrying about losing it to increasing taxes.

Doug Mead

Baldwin City

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