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Letter to the editor

Use tax money as intended

December 30, 2009 - Dear editor,

Are higher taxes really the answer to our problems?

Shouldn't our elected officials be held accountable for the money they already get from our taxes?

Maybe we wouldn't have this problem if tax money is used for what is was intended.

A classic example is the water and sewer funds, used as a grab bag for other projects as people seem fit.

Schools receive money from the federal, state, and local governments, as well as the lottery, and casinos—and they still don't have enough money.

I have a novel idea, why don't they try to stay in their budgets like taxpayers are forced to do because of our economy.

When spring arrives we will hear the same old people complaining about the conditions of our roads and how the taxes need to be raised to repair them.

Remember when you complain, that we are now paying federal and state gas taxes to repair our roads, not to mention the stimulus package voted in to repair our roads and bridges to get people working again.

It looks like the only way out of these problems is to use the money we vote to be used for a purpose, be used for that purpose, and that only.

It's time to stop playing a robbing-Peter-to-pay-Paul game with our money to satisfy the whims of a few. The sooner our government wakes up that fact, the better off we will all be.

There are lots of ways to reduce our spending before the thought of raising taxes even should be bought up.

As the state government gets bigger our services get more costly.

A smaller government would mean less waste and more money for the services we voted for.

John Whitlock,

Lake Orion

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