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Letter: Property value, taxes don't come out in the wash


I would like to thank the liberals, the tree huggers and the low-to-no information voters for raising my property taxes 18 percent this year. Like it’s been said, with friends like that, who needs enemies.

Let’s examine a few of the increases:

1. Conservation future tax - Let’s see if I have this correct. The county forcibly confiscates money from me to buy land they don’t need, can’t afford to maintain, takes it off the tax rolls, so they can forcibly extract more money to take care of said property, and forcibly extract even more money to take care of the loss of taxable property, all so a few people can go commune with nature, assuming the county hasn’t closed it from public access because they can’t afford to take care of it. Why don’t you nature nuts go buy your own property with your own money instead of helping yourself to my checkbook?

2. The hospital has been losing millions every year, so the answer is obvious (to liberals, anyway), give them more of my money. They have some pie-in-the-sky plan to build a new building which will solve all the problems and make health care so much better. Does that mean we are getting sub-standard care now? It becomes even more painful how poor the administration is when you look 30 miles north and see another small hospital that runs in the black consistently and does facilities upgrades regularly. They also seem to have a much better reputation according to the people I talk to.

3. Schools — Tell me where I’m wrong; the unions buy legislators and judges to get their agendas enforced, then the money is again forcibly confiscated from me to give the the schools, mostly the union members, payroll being the biggest expense, who give the money to the unions to buy even more legislators and judges, who pass more … well, you get the idea. How about the kids, you ask? The unions couldn’t care less about kids other than a lot of lip service. At any rate, here comes the tax person with his gun to help himself/herself — have to be politically correct here — to guess-who’s money.

Can anybody say money laundering?

There were some of my taxes that went down, one of them a whole 12 cents, so I guess I should be happy.

So what if my property lost $2,000 in value? I don’t suppose any of you free-spending voters would like to chip in to offset that, would you?

Rick Kiser
Oak Harbor


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