Letter: Reader questions city’s future

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Editor, 

In response to Mike Corbett’s letter, published Jan. 26:

What a great article. I am a fiscal conservative and appreciate his perspective. I have lived in Noblesville for seven years. I have been somewhat OK with the way things were running. That has stopped for me. All for a stupid $10 fee. This is a small thing, but there is more of this (fees v. tax) coming in the future. I am retired on a fixed income. A fee is a tax increase no matter what you call it. What happened to the Republican mantra of lower taxes? The garbage collection fee is in our taxes. Population is increasing, so are taxes to cover services. I read the reason for the trash fee from Common Councilors Jensen, Hampton and Wiles. My reading was this fee isn’t for garbage but future expenses to our community, expenses that are not worth the expense. Example: the new park on Logan. We have a big park about a mile up the street. Nature trail to eventually get to Monon. A good idea. My question: What percentage of our population actually uses these venues? I’m saying under 10 percent, just a guess. A new park is planned on Boden, a waste to me. Now, if I don’t put my garbage or recycle out one week, will I get a credit? Of course not. I used to live where you bought garbage collection bags, and they picked them up for free, pay for what you use. Not a bad idea. I know I am venting for $10, but you can’t panic too early. I see the future. I have paid school taxes my whole life, no children. My parents paid school taxes their whole life, we all went to parochial schools thru college. Where did that money go for inferior education today? Not to the schools I went to. Sorry, I’m venting, but I will tell you, I will not vote for anyone, including Ditslear, in the future who voted for this stupid fee.

Richard Stoffel

Noblesville


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