No Increase In Recession

Survey responses

October 20, 1991

From: Andy Fournier

Street

During the boom years of the '80s, the increases were in order and for the most part supported by the people of Harford County. At present, Harford County, like so many other counties, is experiencing a downturn in the economy and the thought of a tax increase -- whether it's called a tax cap increase or not -- is just not very practical, nor does it meet the "common sense" test.

Since tax increases are predominant during good times, is it not safe to assume that tax decreases or at least tax stalemates are in order during slow times? At the rate we are going we are inviting the same type of taxpayer reactions recently seen in Connecticut and other states.

When my personal income comes to the point that it is insufficient to pay my bills, I do not go begging for more money, but I do have to start cutting expenses wherever possible. I believe this is the reasonable approach for Harford County and other governments to take. Cut back on servicesand other miscellaneous expenses and leave the taxpayer alone duringthese trying times.

HIGHER CAP, MORE TAXING

From: Janet K. Gardner

Bel Air

The assessment cap should be restored to 10 percent. The county needs the revenue, and the 6 percent cap was put through by John Schafer as a campaign "gimmick" in 1990.

Other sources of revenue: 1) User fees -- for landfill, etc. 2) Adequate facilities laws that require builders to contribute toward access road construction, sewerage, etc. (more then the existing laws).

The 10 percent capis enough protection for senior citizens' property taxes.

CAP IS ALREADY TOO HIGH

From: Ronald J. Morin

Bel Air

No, no, no, it should not be raised -- in fact 6 percent is too high -- it should be lowered to 3 percent. Why keep picking on the homeowners every time the county needs money?

Why not increase the sin tax?

BOOST CAP TO 10%

From: Carol D. O'Donnell

Bel Air

Please restore the property tax assessment to 10 percent.

ONLY IF ACCOUNTABLE

From: Harold Broeckel Sr.

Abingdon

I would support a 10 percent cap if theproperty owners could be assured and documented how moneys would be disbursed. If the government had to be as accountable as the average citizen, we would not be in the mess we face.

NO BOOSTS OVER INFLATION

From: Robert Donovan

Darlington

Property tax increases should be limited to the cost of living allowances or adjustments. The only raises senior citizens get are COLAs, and we have to live with them.

LOOK INSTEAD TO SIN TAXES

From: Mr., Mrs. John E. Ensor

White Hall

I think it is time to stop raising the property tax assessment cap. People on fixed income are hurting now with increasing taxes.

If you want to raise taxes, put it on cigarettes, beer, wine, liquor. How do you expect people to keep up with home, car, health insurance, etc., with raising taxes?

AN INCREASE IS TOO COSTLY

From: Ann M. McMillan

Darlington

No to raised property tax, for it hurts the old people who are living on a fixed income.

Not only that, the young people just starting out and buying a house can hardly make the payments, let alone pay higher taxes.

COUNTY NEEDS HIGHER CAP

From: Mary Helen Bean

Havre de Grace

Raise the cap to 10 percent, the maximum approved by state law. The revenue generated will be substantial. The county needs the revenue increase.

END FOREIGN AIDINSTEAD

From: Edward P. Lynn

Bel Air

Please read my lips. Stop all foreign aid and there will be no needto increase taxes.

Ifwe divert and allot to each state the billions of dollars from the peace dividend and the billions of dollars sent to foreign countries who pay no taxes to us, we would not have to raise taxes in the UnitedStates again for many years.

USE SOME ALTERNATIVE

From: Edward Cooper

Forest Hill

No -- raise sin taxes and entertainment taxes.Cut fat in maintenance personnel. Stop growth in county, which adds to services. More taxes paid by builders.

CUT WASTE INSTEAD

From: John Gale

Aberdeen

Do not raise assessment cap on property owners.

Somewhere there must be waste and unnecessary expenditures. Call for and reward suggestions.

RAISE REASSESSMENT CAP

From: Karen Measley

Bel Air

Restore the cap on the property tax assessment to 10 percent.

'CUT SERVICES!'

From: P. A. Carroll

Forest Hill

Do not raise cap. Do not raise taxes. Cut services!

BRING BACK HIGHER CAP

From: Ann Baker

Joppa

I support restoring the 10 percent cap on property tax assessment.

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