Written by Jerry Riley
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00
The Woodford County Board may have to raise county taxes because of escalating costs. They say the top two factors are salaries and insurance costs. It seems to be a catch 22 situation.
The Union demands higher salaries for the employees. To be fair, the county also gives an increase to the non union employees, so taxes go up to pay the increase. For many small retailers to stay in business, the cost of retail merchandise increases so they can pay the higher taxes. County employees clamor for higher salaries to pay the higher costs, so taxes go up, well, you see where this going. One Board member suggested that whatever percentage the salary increase, taxes will have to be raised at least that much. You should note that the portion of taxes that actually go to the county government is just a small part of your taxes.
As far as insurance, right now it is wait to see what affect the Affordable Healthcare Act will have.
We taxpayers of Woodford County have a responsibility to contact our elected county board representatives and offer any concerns, as well as ideas concerning both reducing expenditures or increasing revenue for Woodford County. If we taxpayers are unwilling to get involved and make suggestions to our elected employees, we are telling the Board Members to do whatever they think is best - and then we complain- and what a revoltin’ development this is!
Abraham Lincoln believed: That Government should do for people only what they cannot do better by themselves, and no more. All taxpayers should create lists of what we think the County Government should, or shouldn’t, provide, and submit it to our county board representatives to give them some input from the taxpayers.
Maybe every agency who receives our tax money should tell us why they deserve to receive tax money- and what they provide for the taxpayer.
Jerry Riley comments for the News Bulletin. He is a retired telecommunications supervisor.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 14:19