Tax increases cut into retirement

Does the school board and Hardin County government ever have enough taxes? Apparently not because they are raising them again.

But the “good” news, Judge-Executive Harry Berry has only raised them seven times during his tenure. “Only seven times.” I certainly would be embarrassed to make such a statement. I guess if you sit on one of the boards making a nice income, then coughing up 4 percent wouldn’t be that bad. When you retire, you don’t have the luxury of getting increases in your income, you live within your budget.

I know 4 percent here and 4 percent there doesn’t sound like much, but 10 to 15 years down the road the retiree has lost a considerable amount of his pension to taxes. I paid into my pension for almost 50 years so my wife and I could live in comfort during our golden years. Well, that’s not happening thanks to greedy board members voting tax increases anytime they feel the need. They need to set a reasonable budget and live within that budget. It seems the only solution they ever come up with is raise taxes.

All of my pension was paid by me and my employer, not by taxes. That should be my money and not to be used to offset the county’s pension shortfall. The school board really needs more taxes to build more million-dollar schools that are half empty.

But you know what, folks, it never will change if you keep voting the same people back on the boards.

One of my solutions would be to eliminate all of the magistrates and school board members. They are a complete waste of taxpayer dollars.

Ervin L. Stith

White Mills

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