From: Andy Fournier
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
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
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
Please restore the property tax assessment to 10 percent.
ONLY IF ACCOUNTABLE
From: Harold Broeckel Sr.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Restore the cap on the property tax assessment to 10 percent.
From: P. A. Carroll
Do not raise cap. Do not raise taxes. Cut services!
BRING BACK HIGHER CAP
From: Ann Baker
I support restoring the 10 percent cap on property tax assessment.