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Government should balance budget like we do

Dear Editor:

When the Wheel Tax was first proposed to the residents of Johnson County, it was with the understanding it was to be temporary. Not understanding that there is no such thing as a “temporary tax,” the citizens of Johnson County approved this. Since that time, not only has this tax not been repealed, it has been raised twice that I can remember.

I do not think the Wheel Tax should be raised. As a matter of fact, I feel the Johnson County government should honor their original commitment and abolish the Wheel Tax. I am sure this is not going to happen. And I don’t complain too much about it, as I am realistic and I understand the necessity of paying taxes. I will never be “happy” about paying taxes, but I know it is my civic duty and I proudly honor this duty. However, when it continues to rise, I think it is time to voice my opposition.

Government (city, county, state, and federal) should be held to the same standard as its citizenry. I have financial obligations, as do we all. And when I find myself short of financial means to meet those obligations, I must prioritize and decide what I will cut back on in order to pay for that which I must have.

I can’t go to my employer and say, “The price of gas has gone up, the price of groceries has gone up, and my utilities have gone up. I now no longer make enough money to pay for all the things I want. Therefore you are going to have to start providing me with more income. Sorry, but that is the way it is. I need more money.” I just don’t think that would go over real well.

I am powerless to stop this Wheel Tax increase (thank you, Johnson County Commissioner.) But with the next election, I won’t be so powerless.

William C. Reburn Jr.
Mountain City