To the Editor: Fees, taxes, regulations choke us to death
Written by Carlene Creps   
Friday, 03 May 2013 09:13
Taxes, fees, regulations, we are rapidly being choked to death by them! Does the average person realize how much of this we have to pay? Every tiny thing we use, consume, eat or drive has already had some of this charged to the manufacturer, transporter, raw materials, etc. that is folded into the price we pay. Then we pay again in federal, state and local taxes in the cost of gasoline, insurance, food eaten in restaurants, coffee, cleaning products, furniture, automobiles, any labor we have done, and even the clean air we breathe.
Property or real estate taxes include tax for schools, senior citizens, parks and recreation, roads and streets, assessments for water and sewer, cemeteries, trash collection, and more! Your phone bill includes franchise fees, more state sales tax, (2) FCC fees, Federal Universal Service fee, Regulatory fee, Ohio TRS Recovery fee, lease and convertor fees and more! Then there are extra fees charged for sports participation, school books, and fees for joining an organization. There are license fees for vehicles, permits to build, and install water or sewer, cut a curb, open a business or enter a theater. There are federal and state taxes paid (death taxes) when you die for heirs. Plus, more taxes not mentioned.
You may be asked to support a levy (only $1 a day) they say! But when you think about 21 new taxes (not charged yet but required) incorporated into the new Obamacare law, the cut-back of hours by our employers to avoid increased taxes for them, the 30-percent raise in food prices, increased cost of vehicle insurance and gas, the increase of other fees we have to pay this may be the "weight that breaks the wagon down" for many people trying to make ends meet. That $1 has already been eaten up by aforementioned taxes and fees.
Low income and fixed income people are already pinching pennies, an extra $30 a month may force people to fall behind, even more!
I love BG and our schools but I do not agree with the school levy! Vote no! Tighten your budget belt!
Carlene Creps
Bowling Green

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