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Sticking it to the taxpayers

Dear Editor:

Your article about the commissioners mulling property tax increases shows how insensitive the commissioners are after the county assessor, Tom Isaac, raised everyone’s tax bill 30 percent.

Because of the public outcry, most of the taxing districts temporarily reduced their mill levy for 2009. The commissioners were slow to come to the taxpayers’ defense and to criticize Tom Isaac for his actions.

Taxes have doubled since 2006 and only temporarily, because 2009 mill levies were reduced. When those mill levies return next year, taxes will have more than doubled.

County government has only two mandates, provide public safety and maintain public roads. If the county wants more money for roads, I suggest they cut programs in social services and recreation, both unmandated expenses.

Ron Thompson


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