Friday, May 28, 2010

Raise my taxes, please

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Dear Mecklenburg County Commissioners,

If you give me the opportunity to opt-in to pay higher property taxes, I will gladly do so. More, I will encourage my neighbors to do the same.

Why am I willing to may more taxes? Because I believe that our schools, libraries, veteran's services, mental health services, parks and more are not only worthwhile but are critical services for a healthy, growing community. Instead of buying something frivolous for myself — like an iPad or a year's worth of fast food — I'm happy to help fund those types services because I love the people in this community and want them to have every opportunity to live a productive life.

See, plenty of people have helped me out. In turn, I became a more productive citizen, my income tax bracket jumped and I'm now able to contribute more than ever before. I figure if we help others, they, too, may soon be able to contribute more to our community as well. In the end, it's a win-win. Everyone will benefit from better schools, parks, libraries and services.

While I've donated privately to several county-run organizations, I'm simply not aware of all of the organizations that are in need. So, I'd like to contribute to a general fund that shares the wealth. I'm positive that many of my friends and neighbors would also like to contribute to such a fund.

And, if the word "tax" is too scary let's think of a different label that isn't too scary.

Let me know where to send my check.


Rhiannon Bowman

P.S. Please fire Harry Jones.

Dozens of people made a plea to Mecklenburg leaders Thursday night to spare county agencies from deep spending cuts.

"We're affecting people's lives," said Angie Traylor-Coleman, one of several county employees who spoke in a public hearing before Mecklenburg County Commissioners. "These are not numbers, these are people, they have heartbeats, they have feelings they have livelihoods and they care about what they do."

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