Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

June 16, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — Payroll tax unfair to nonresidents

In regards to taxation without representation, England taxed the Colonies without allowing the Colonies to have any say in who taxed them. That started a war.

Ashland is doing the same thing with its payroll tax. It is taxing all those people who work in Ashland but do not live in Ashland and have no say in the tax. It is using the payroll tax to subsidize the property tax.

The payroll tax door is open and it is growing larger. Look for the payroll tax to increase to  5 percent  or more in the coming years because most of the people who have to pay it have no say in the people elected to determine the amount of the tax.

Did you ever notice that Ashland leaders cry the city is broke and they desperately need more money, but after they get new income, they waste some of it on projects that are not really necessary. Then they cry the city is broke again and then again need more money. Again when they get it they spend it unwisely.

Look around at many of the projects and purchases in Ashland over the last few years and ask yourself, “considering today’s economy,  and the businesses that have closed down, was that project or purchase really necessary?”

One example: The city purchases new vehicles then rather than sell the old vehicles, it just gives them away.  If a vehicle is good enough for some other city to use,  why not keep it? Or at least sell it.

Why should the city leaders care? Most people who must pay this tax live outside the city and cannot vote. Taxation without representation was wrong when England did it to the colonies and it’s wrong when Ashland does it to people who live outside the city!

Joe Bounds, Ashland

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