To the editor:



Raise real estate taxes ... again?

To the editor:

Raise real estate taxes ... again?

Last year the county raised the real estate taxes on my home by $500. And when I complained, stating my property value, as most homes in Jackson County, had dropped by about 30 to 35 percent because of the federal government’s mishandling of home loans (Freddie and Fanny subprime loans) they agreed, but said they didn’t have the time to re-examine the assessment valuations so the increase would stand.

Where were the representatives of the citizens? They all knew we, the taxpayers, were being robbed, but they simply smiled and let us absorb their poor standards of operation. Now the city of Independence wants to raise our taxes in order to almost totally redesign law enforcement in the community.

I believe I speak for a majority of the citizens, who have to pull back family expenditures because of the poorly managed governments, when I say, “no.” The city must pull back the same as all of us and make do with what it has. It isn’t fair that we should be attacked again.

Once the county completes reassessments to properly re-establish current real estate values, the city might then ask us, the taxpayers, by way of the ballot, to fund their project, but not now!