Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

January 6, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — Separating fact from rumor on tax

This is an effort to clear up any confusion concerning the 3 percent utility tax approved by Fairview Board of Education. The tax is to be levied on gas, electric, phone, cell phone, water/sewer, cable/satellite. It  will be added to your bills.

If your gas bill is $100, then you will have $3 added to your bill. If your electric bill is $100., you will have $3 added to that bill, etc. for each utility. This has confused some to think of this as a 21 percent tax (3 percent x7 utilities).

The board assured everyone at the meeting that if the tax didn’t pass, there were no plans for consolidation  with any other district. The school board stated they wanted the increase in taxes so they could make plans for  in the future.

The board also said there were no plans to decrease the school property tax rate if they got the utility tax. It was also noted at the meeting that the board is allowed to increase the property tax rate by up to 4 percent yearly, which is not subject to a vote of the public. Another rumor, bordering on absurdity, is that if the tax isn’t passed Ashland would annex the Westwood community. This has been discredited for years.

The petition being circulated is only to require the tax to be subject to a vote by the people of the community. It is the right of the people to have a say as to what tax is levied upon them. This in no way means that the people who want to have this privilege do not love their school or community as much as anyone else.

I hope that citizens on both sides of this question can talk about this matter in a sensible and caring manner as benefits our fine community.

Joe Weis, Ashland

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