To the Editor:
Our founding fathers fought our first war over unfair taxation. When we laid the groundwork for our country, a system of checks and balances was instituted to insure that none of our citizens were “taxed without dutiful representation.”
Although I never knew a politician who was not addicted to taxpayer dollars, at least most of them have had the common courtesy to consult the citizens before “fast-tracking” though a major tax increase.
Unfortunately when we can least afford it, county officials seem dead set to raise our taxes for a new high school in Lebanon without voter approval.
Our citizens are hurting, and each new day puts a “novel face” on that suffering. Everyday, we hear about another person who has been adversely affected by this recession. Someone has lost their job; another has lost their savings while others have been forced to choose which of life’s necessities they can afford.
Now is not the time to raise taxes on anyone, especially without bringing the issue up to voter scrutiny. We currently have a perfectly good high school already in place and should continue using it until such a time when we have the funds to build a new one.
William Haupt IIIMt. Juliet
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