October 16, 2013 - A call to examine shifting millage money
Remember the fire tax increase that was presented to the public in 2012 as necessary to hire more firefighters, buy equipment, etc. ("Twovotes for Independence fire millage," Aug. 1)?
If the township doesn't need a deputy chief now, it didn't need one a year ago and shouldn't have asked taxpayers for as much of an increase as was passed in August 2012 primary. There was no mention of this money being used for safety paths.
Though the present board had nothing to do with putting a fire increase on the ballot, the public would be better served if the 2012 fire millage increase was reduced and then asked in a proposal in the next scheduled election if they approve of a corresponding safety path increase.
Even though the present board went through the legal process necessary to transfer funding, the question still remains as to why township residents were duped by the previous township board about the need for a tax increase.
If some of the fire protection money is now going to be diverted to safety paths, then the 2012 fire millage increase that was approved asked for too much ("More funding for safety paths," Oct. 2).
Though switching funding may be legal, doesn't every taxpayer now have to question what our money will be used for on every tax increase proposal from here on out? Switching funding without taxpayer approval clearly makes the 2012 fire millage increase proposal a sham. Taxpayers were asked for too much.
This shows taxpayers that there is nothing to stop boards from requesting increases for increases in funding for services that usually pass, such as police and fire protection, and then in the future turning around and funding something else with our money?
We have a library millage increase proposal coming in August 2014. I've gone over the numbers and it's clear to me, the library is asking taxpayers for too much. If passed, what will that increase be used for the senior center?
Don't go blind with positives, readers say
Walking into town on a foggy but still warm morning, enjoying the fall color change, seeing a man riding a bicycle with his dog in a trailer behind him, talking to other dog owners, saying hello to neighbors as you pass, greeting friends on their front porch as they get their morning paper, saying hello to the store owners as they open their doors, and making plans for the weekend with friends on Main Street.
These are some of the positive things we can all enjoy and celebrate about Clarkston. We can also enjoy reading and voicing opinions in the local paper, hopefully without being told those opinions should not be believed simply because a few people may consider them negative and without first considering whether they are true or not.
Positive things are good but ignoring and not believing what may be considered negative by some will not make real problems go away. If you don't want to believe what is in the newspaper, you may find fiction more enjoyable.
Hans Christian Anderson's The Emperor's New Clothes comes to mind as a place to start.
Cory and Robyn Johnston
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