Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

February 12, 2013

In Your View

(Continued)

ASHLAND — Fairview tax has no hidden agenda

The prosposed utility tax in the Fairview Inependent School District is not a 21 percent tax; it’s  only 3 percent of your total utilities.

It is not $30 per month cost. Everyone’s will be different. Most single resident households will be between $5 to $7 a month. My family of three will be paying $9 a month. Figure you own.

You may already be paying this to another district.

Property tax rate increased the last three years. Yes, it is throwing good money after bad to patch and repair dilapidated structures. The levy would not only stop the increases, but permit lowering the property tax rate.

Will the board promise that levy income be used only for rehab/reconstruction of the school? No, that would prevent using excess levy money to lower the property tax rate.

Is the levy intended for sports programs? No, the school’s buildings/structures are the need for these funds.

If Fairview consolidates with Boyd County, because Boyd County already has the 3 percent levy, Westwood residents would pay the 3 percent levy.

Your home’s resale value would drastically decrease if there were no school in your community. According to the National Association of Realtors, proximity to quality schools is one of the most influential buyer’s decisions.

Is there a hidden agenda? The only agenda is to do what is best for the children, the school, the community, and all of Westwood.

This levy will help ensure the longevity of Fairview Schools. It will help provide safe, modern, efficient learning facilities for the children. It will help keep the resale value of your property at a premium. The utility levy will not only stop the yearly property tax rate increase needed for repairs, but would help lower the property tax rates.

Vote “no” Tuesday, Feb. 19, on the recall, for the benefit of the children, the schools, the community, and your neighbors.

Rick Tackett, Westwood

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