Time To Speak Your Mind About Tax Increases

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Editor:

Did anyone notice the large "Notice of Tax Increase" for the Gila Community College District in the May 23 edition of the Payson Roundup?

Apparently, the Gila District needs to increase primary property taxes by 3.65 percent. Taxes on a $100,000 home would increase from $60.66 to $62.88.

I'm no expert. However, I have a little problem with the proposed increase. What is failed to mention is that the assessed value of the home we own is the basis for the calculation of the taxes paid. Don't know about you, but my assessed value went up 49 percent for the 2007 valuation. All other things being equal, based on the revised upward assessed valuation, the Gila Community College District will receive a windfall increase in tax revenue purely and simply from the increased assessed value. In my case, it was an increase of 49 percent. What about yours? Why the need for the proposed increase particularly in light of the increased valuations?

If you care to ask similar questions, plan to attend the 9 a.m. June 8 ITV meeting at the Gila Community College Payson Campus, Room 402.

If you want to be continually "nickeled and dimed," don't attend. If not, enough is enough. Time to speak your mind.

John G. Wakelin, Payson

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