Millage request is about point of view

    Dear editor:

This letter is about the proposed property tax that is coming up for a vote shortly.

I’ve listened to both sides talk about this issue, and what I’ve heard is mostly that the folks who have a house on a lot and a garage in town are all for this, because it’s only going to raise their taxes a few dollars a year. But folks who have several hundred acres and are trying to farm for a living are against it, because their taxes are going to go up a lot more, in some cases several thousand dollars. This is a problem for the farmer and landowners because we are already taxed to the hilt, as it is from federal, state and local government.

A lot of you don’t know this, but if you have a poultry farm, your taxes just for owning a chicken house are going to double by 2020. So if you want to build a multi-million dollar gym, then you need to get the money in a more fair way. How about a temporary sales tax so when you get money, it will go away? Because if they pass the millage, it’s never going away.

But however you decide to do it, it needs to be fair so that we all pay the same amount, not the people who own more land having to pay the lion’s share of the financial burden. If they come up with a more fair way to get the money, I will vote for it. But as it stands now, I will vote against it.

 - Patrick Graves

Madison County

Millage approval would give children more chances to succeed  

    Dear editor:

Why am I passionate about the May 21 vote?

As a parent, I want my children to have every opportunity to succeed. By voting yes, this would help ensure that every student in our district is given the chance for a successful future.

The reality is, a big majority of our students will not attend college and we need to make sure that they are fully prepared to enter the workforce. Career and Technical Education would benefit so many students who are looking to use a trade or skills set in their career. By partnering with local colleges and industries, we can go a step further by helping students build long-lasting relationships. In turn, many graduates will start out making a substantial income straight out of high school.

The possibilities are endless, not just for the students, but for the community as well. I hope that you will vote yes for our students on May 21!

- Lenora Riedel

Huntsville School Board

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