Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

August 20, 2012

Letters to the Editor - August 19, 2012

Mineral Wells Index

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AmVets thankful for donations

Dear Editor,

A great deal of thanks is extended to Norma Hall and Patty Hutto, Palo Pinto Lake residents.

AmVets was contacted by Mrs. Hall last month indicating that the two households would like to donate clothing from their deceased military veteran husbands. These items were picked up and will benefit those that are in need of help.

Don Hutto was an Air Force veteran and Robert Hall a Army veteran. Sgt. Hall was also a Korean War POW from December 1950 until August 1953.

AmVets salutes these two men that served and sacrificed for our country and will remain close to Mrs. Hall and Mrs. Hutto, ensuring that help is just a phone call away.

God Bless the Hall and Hutto families.

Jim Vines

Commander, AmVets Post 133

Whose court is it?

Dear Editor,

I read with despair the article in the Index (“County tax rate hike of 7.9% proposed” – Aug. 14) regarding the county tax increase. Like Yogi Berra was once credited with saying, “It’s deja vu all over again.”

Looks like a significant tax increase of 8.4 percent above the current rate. A commissioner was quoted as saying, “We cut everything we could in the budget,” and still there is potential deficit spending with $12.84 million in revenue and $13.63 million in expenditures.

Interesting though because in the same paragraph the article states that the county expects to generate over $400 thousand in additional property tax revenue. Am I the only one confused here? I appreciate the $21 million property tax loss, but, does anyone at the court house realize that this is, in fact, property value loss incurred by individuals, families and businesses? I expect not. Government at all levels only sees the citizens as taxable entities, i.e., sources of revenue.

It is especially disheartening when the people tasked with being good stewards of the taxpayer’s money are paid from that same money. I expect that this is just the first salvo. Watch as every taxing entity in the county dog piles this same argument.

By the way, did everyone notice that there will be two public hearings on the tax increase? One on a Monday and the other on a Thursday and both at the courthouse, obviously as a convenience to the commissioner’s court and both at 9 a.m. in the morning which is most inconvenient for those poor working stiffs trying to make a living so that they can pay their taxes.

Good job. See you folks on the court on Monday, the 27th.

Mike McConnell

Mineral Wells