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Posted: June 5, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Our thoughts on taxes

There’s no question that anyone who owns property hates to pay taxes on it.

The simple truth is that taxes are a necessity if we desire services such as roads and police protection.

Just like many of our readers, we do not want to see tax increases unless a concerted effort is made to curtail expenses and attract new industry to the community — in turn increasing the tax base without raising our tax load in the future.

This year, the majority of our county commissioners would like to reduce the current property tax rate. We’re sure they are sincere in this effort, and we would like to think that politics plays no part in their desire.

Before you laugh too hard at that last thought, just remember that you elected them.

As much as we would like to see a tax rollback this year, the board of commissioners may not be wise to lower the rate too much if there’s a chance it will have to turn around next year and simply raise the rate again.

Our suggestion is that the board looks diligently at how any extra money could be used to strengthen the county’s infrastructure. If there are some specific projects or improvements that would greatly benefit the county, let’s hear them.

The board promised it would lower the tax rate within two years, and that’s a promise they have to keep. But, above all, we want to see wise leadership, stewardship and planning from our elected leaders.

If some investments now will save us more money in the future or greatly enhance many residents’ lives, they need to be considered.

A small break that only leads to more long-term harm is not the answer.

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4 comments
dct1953: June 6, 2014 12:14 a.m.

Shocked at this opinion. This is why we will see industry and jobs ship over Newton. We are at the top of the state in combined millage rates. Board of directors of companies looking for a place to locate know that. Last year the BOC had the ball in their hands to attract business and jobs and they passed it off to Morgan and other area counties by raising the Millage. The only way Newton can improve it's standing is by increasing it's revenue stream. The county can't tax it's way to prosperity. Now you are telling the BOC to pass the ball off to other counties again this year?


dct1953: June 6, 2014 5:45 a.m.

It should also be noted that in none of these millage rates was the county attorney charges looked at or cut. Request was made to increase legal fees by $150,000. So no matter what Craig will continue to make his million or more off the sweat and backs of the taxpayers of Newton.


dawgs14: June 6, 2014 9:02 a.m.

What I am shocked at is the increase in budget requests from any department. Budget increase requests should be accompanied by documentation explaining how the increase will save dollars in the long-term. Otherwise they should be denied. Other than unexpected capital expenditures and personnel wage increases there should be no budget increases awarded.


dct1953: June 6, 2014 6:23 p.m.

That is the perfect way to put it Dawg14. In business you have to justify to have a chance of getting a budget increase. Even on request for personnel they should have to justify the need and prove that all other employees in the department have full jobs and are performing as well,




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