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Give Dixon residents their money back

Published: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

How do we spend the $40 million? is all I read about in the paper. What do you mean, spend it? My wife and I want our share of the money back.

It’s the taxpayers’ money, and city hall is acting like a kid in a candy store. The city obviously didn’t need it, or they would have done a better job taking care of it.

The better question is how to return it to the taxpayers as quickly, fairly and at as little cost as possible. You want to do some good? Return the money to the people. Forty million dollars divided among, say, 10,000 taxpayers in Dixon comes out to $4,000 a person. That sure would do some good.

Home sales would increase because buyers would have a bigger down payment. Increased auto sales, tax revenue up. Increased merchandise sales; people would have money for home improvement projects. And small businesses would have extra money for improvements and expansion. 

That all means more tax dollars coming back into the city to do projects people talk about. It’s a win-win plan for everyone. Government has been overtaxing Dixon residents for the past 25 years. Come on, the taxpayers deserve to get their money back. 

Let’s not forget the city is already pulling in $2 million to $3 million a year more than it has ever had before. They can still pay back the bonds at an accelerated rate and start making street and sewer repairs. 

The best part of this plan is the publicity. The news media would eat this up. “Dixon citizens receive refund of $40 million in unused tax dollars.” We would be in the national spotlight for weeks.

Wouldn’t it be great to hear people saying something nice about Dixon again? Can’t wait till the checks are in the mail.

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