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Letters to the Editor

November 18, 2012

Letters to the Editor 11/18/12

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Sincerely,

Tony Llewellyn,

coordinator

Athens/Limestone Tea Party Patriots

Do what is

right for city

Dear Editor:
 

Certainly, when spending is more than revenue, the only practical thing to do is to cut spending or raise revenue. In some cases a combination of the two may be necessary.

However, our city officials were not truthful with the citizens before the election by making them believe that “the city is in sound fiscal condition,” with a surplus of revenue.

Only, after the election and before the newly elected city officials were sworn in do the citizens find out the true fiscal needs of our city.

As Mr. Wales stated in the recent City Council meeting, “What we do with the money is how we will be judged” may be true. Only time will tell.

It goes without saying, that if our city officials use this new revenue as a means to keep borrowing more money and increasing to our already high debt, which I fear, then it will not be good for our city in the long run.

Sincerely,

Jerry W. Hill

Athens

Amend the

tax ordinance

Dear Editor:


The power to tax is the power to destroy. Too many politicians have forgotten how much sweat and blood go into earning an honest dollar. 

Common sense tells us that if the citizens were required to pay their taxes in terms of physical labor instead of money, they would put an end to unnecessary spending. Favors can be done for special interest groups and hidden in the complex framework of budgets.

When our city politicians want money, they traditionally write an ordinance that provides lots of overly optimistic details about the particular items they want to fund. Tax increases burden you and your family irrespective of how responsible you have been in your purchases, or how frugally you lived your life. You will become responsible for the debts generated by your politicians that will further impact your family. More astute spending must be observed in the future by our officials.

The sad part is that most of us work hard, play by the rules, and just want a fair shake, but we’re tired. We’re tired of being angry, tired of being misled and quite frankly, tired of being tired.

Mr. Mayor, you said you were surprised at the citizens’ anger over the sales tax increase and utility bill scam. You misled us and knew it when you did it. That’s why there was no transparency and no public input into these matters.

You aren’t interested in what’s best for all the citizens while spending most of the money for a new City Hall, a library that is twice the size needed with substantially increased operating costs, a Sportsplex and rec center, other groups and organizations that don’t show any real financial benefit to all the citizens, while we have underpaid police and fire officers, unpaved streets and on and on goes the list of unmet real needs of this city. So much for honesty, transparency, and truth in dealing with the citizen’s funds.

It’s time to be honest with the taxpaying citizens and not mislead and rush to judgment items that will have a real long-term economic impact upon our city and its citizens and their children. Section 5 (a) and (b) of the ordinance puts funding constraints upon the legislative body that are not in the best interests of the citizens. It’s time to be completely honest with the taxpaying citizens and amend the tax increase ordinance, now.

Sincerely,

Quentin D.

Anderson Sr.

Athens

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