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Letter: Holding the line

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 4:39 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

On the ballot for our upcoming primary election in March will be a proposal to fund another program for those in need of disability services in the form of a 377 board. The proposal is for a property tax not to exceed 0.1 percent of equalized assessed value, which, at first blush, is a small thing. Yet this is how we, as a state and as a nation, have become so in debt that we cannot even see the tunnel, much less the storied light at its end. Each little bit added has accumulated to a formidable debt.

As a taxpayer, I am against any proposal to create more debt, rather than proposals to hold the line, with a view to rolling it back. We should seek almost any other alternative to creating yet another government bureau, with its inherent inefficiencies and stodginess.

Altruism notwithstanding, there are ways to aid those in need other than more dependence on entities other than ourselves. More community involvement through expos, fundraisers and volunteerism is how we should manage our needs, not a never-ending mountain of debt. 

Jim Ledbetter

North Aurora

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