Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 13

Thursday, September 13, 2012

We can't afford a wheel tax, says writer

To the editor:

It appears that the people on the committee suggesting higher taxes (wheel tax) for teacher salaries have an above average income or a good income with good fringe benefits. The proper thing to do would be add to the committee people that are unemployed, have a lower income, senior citizens living off social security, farmers who are not making a profit, people that stand in food lines at churches each week, people who have had their homes foreclosed, or eliminate these people from the tax.

One person on the committee stated that some schools did not have basic supplies. When I went to school we purchased our own supplies. I suggest that the newspaper publish teacher salaries for the voting public to see and compare it with what other people in the county are making.

Teachers have always said, "we went to college, etc." Stop and think of the men and women from Bedford county who gave up going to college and went into the military service to keep the country free so that one group could stay home and get an education. One thing a teacher could do is to go to these counties that pay more and get a job.

I'm sure that many unemployed teachers would come to this county to replace them. In closing, we are living in very stressful times and many well informed professional people are saying things are going to get worse. This is not the time for more taxes.

Fred Johnson

Wheel tax will take shoes from children

To the editor:

Well here we go again. One more time we are looking at a Wheel Tax. Now, don't get me wrong. I am certainly in favor of providing a good education for our children, but we can only do so much. If a Wheel Tax is implemented that money will not just magically appear.

Those Wheel Tax dollars will come out of the economy of this community.

Drive around Shelbyville and Bedford County and look at all the closed businesses and factories. Check out the home foreclosures in the newspaper. There is a lot of unemployment and under employment these days. That Wheel Tax will come off of dinner tables and some of it will take shoes off the very kids you are trying to help.

I think we need to do something about growing our economy and increasing the tax base instead of trying to get blood out of a turnip. If the citizens vote for this I will pay it but it would be better if the school board lived within there budget until "things" improve. That's what we have had to do at our house.


Marty Harris


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  • If the county does not approve a wheel tax the next step will be to raise property taxes or sales tax. I pay in both those instances already. There are more people that would pay for the wheel tax that do NOT currently pay property taxes or tax on food items(those on public assistance don't pay tax on food items). I know that the county has said that they have not raised the property tax yet they "reassess" and my property values continue to increase so the tax can be higher. However the true value of my property has gone down. I say that a wheel tax is much fairer.

    -- Posted by puddinlover on Thu, Sep 13, 2012, at 9:22 AM
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