To the Editor:
I am writing in response to several previous letters in the paper concerning taxes. There is no real correlation between property taxes and property values. Property values are an arbitrary figure. All property is worth only what you or someone else thinks it is.
Property taxes are a real number reflecting the cost of paying for government service, schools, road maintenance, snowplowing, police and fire protection. If you are complaining about taxes, which of these do you want to do without? If you think your property taxes are too high, look at your governor, school board, city council, township board and county commissioners, because they are the ones who decided that this is your fair share.
I hear talk about the 99 percent versus the 1 percent. It is actually the 50 percent versus the other 50 percent. About 50 percent of the people are actually paying the income taxes. The other 50 percent are taking. The easiest way is to look at your W-2 form. The amount of money deducted from your paycheck is on it. Then look at your tax refund. If your refund is more than the amount deducted, you are getting my money.
I am convinced that what people really want is “increase revenue but don’t raise ‘my’ taxes. And cut spending, but don’t touch ‘my’ program.” Well, It doesn’t work that way.
The real solution is to create wealth through the private sector by spurring growth and thus creating new taxpayers. — Aleta Edin, Burtrum