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March 30, 2014

Letter to the editor

Voting April 1 on property tax increase of 26 percent — totaling $29,000,000

OKLAHOMA CITY — Editor:

We will be voting April 1 on an additional property tax increase of 26 percent — totaling $29,000,000.

Over 70 percent of our property taxes are already going toward the education of our children, according to our property tax receipts.

Three times McAlester School District voters have said a resounding “no” to other school bond issues; however, the school board keeps coming back with a different package. People aren’t against helping the schools — we already do with our property taxes.

These are hard economic times. Everyone’s dollar is stretched to the limit. Basic necessities such as gasoline, food, health insurance and utilities are skyrocketing. Many of our senior citizens are on a fixed income and barely afford the above-mentioned necessities, plus prescription drugs. Who is worried about senior citizens? I am.

As a caring citizen of McAlester, we have to worry about all segments of our society. In these troubling times, our economy cannot withstand a 26 percent increase. Also, how will our businesses survive the increase? When taxes are increased on businesses, they have no choice but to pass it on to the consumers.

The proposed tax increase may mean “Blah, blah, blah” to some, but for others it means having to cut back on essentials. Is that what the voters of McAlester want? I don’t think so.

Thank you for the opportunity to express my opinion. Vote “no” on April 1.

Marilyn Lee

McAlester

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