Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


October 7, 2013

In Your View


ASHLAND — Flatwoods seeks to raise taxes

Citizens of Flatwoods, the city is again considering raising property taxes another 0.324 percent. Why?

Is there a pressing need the City faces and requires the extra funds to prevent instability?  No. It is raising the rate because It can. As long as the proposed rate is under 0.4 percent, there is no legal requirement for a vote, only two readings and a public hearing prior to a Council vote.

Therefore, the proposed rate is low enough to avoid public awareness until the new bills arrive. This letter aims to change that.

Raising taxes because one can doesn’t make it right.  Many in the city already struggle to make ends meet; raising taxes on these people may force decisions of what bills are more important. This year is even more critical because of the forced implementation of Obamacare, which itself increases financial burdens.

The other problem is how the increase is being done.  As stated, the increase is low enough to avoid a public vote, only a public hearing with a Council vote; however, the second suspicious aspect is the assigned time of the public hearing: 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11 at the Flatwoods City Building.  In other words, it has been scheduled on football night at football time.  This seems an attempt to ensure there are few people there.

Voting the proposal down requires four of six6 council members to vote no and Councilmen Richard Lewis and Ray Sloan need the help of the Flatwoods citizens; the more people at the public meeting voicing their disapproval, the greater the chances are of swaying other councilmen and it being defeated.

At 6 p.m. this Friday, please sacrifice an hour of football to keep your taxes at current rates. You’ll be glad you did.

Brian Holmes, Flatwoods

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