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Again, vote no on proposed sales tax hike

Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 8:06 a.m. CDT

Insanity [is defined as] doing something over and over again and expecting different results. The Prophetstown-Tampico-Lyndon School District comes to us to get a 1 percent increase in the sales tax to raise more money for the schools.

They soften this tax increase by claiming they want to relieve property owners of the onus of paying for schools. A careful reading of the request shows there is no reduction in property tax. So what happens if this request passes?

First, our property taxes will not decrease. There is no provision made for relieving anyone’s property tax burden; none.

Second, the impact of this sales tax increase will be greatest on poor people and seniors on a fixed income. This group pays a higher percentage of its disposable income toward taxable items like cars, clothes, books, etc., than do others.

Third, there are no guarantees on how this money will be used. We’ve all seen how well government uses tax money.

PTL schools have built a new building before even paying for buildings they are no longer using. This is the fourth time in 7 years this tax increase has been tried. The school district has to get the message that we, the taxpayers, want to see good stewardship in what they already have before we give them any more money.

Vote no on the sales tax increase. This consistent bring-forth-a-tax-increase-rejected-before is insane.

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