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Missing cents is missing sense (LETTER TO THE EDITOR)

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 26th, 2012




I read with great interest the letters from Holly Sanderson and Lana Berry (Chronicle, Nov. 7). They both bring up some interesting points we should all be very disturbed about.

Both claim the Coconino County Assessor and/or the city of Page building department are doing a very poor job in terms of securing property taxes into our dwindling local coffers.

Does this not make you wonder why our local and state governments keep raising taxes, asking for overrides or bonds? If what these two smart, professional and competent women say is true, we have a really big problem.

I believe Holly when she says, “We need to come together to make a difference.” We need to ask our mayor and others in city government to find solutions. In this economy every penny counts, and there seems to be many millions of cents missing from our property tax chest.

The future solvency of the city of Page will hinge on city council members as well as the mayor. It will be critical for the citizens of Page to hear what every candidate running for council or mayor has to say about this tax debacle and what solutions they can bring to the table.

It takes the power of a city government to pressure our county employees into doing their jobs, not one appraiser. It takes strong city leadership to find out if our building department hasn’t done its job.

It seems to me, that if Holly (on the real estate side) and Lana (on the school district side) got together with the city, they could find solutions to increasing the actual cash coming into the budgets of the city as well as Page Unified School District.

Not with tax hikes and overrides, just by ensuring that everyone pays their fair share.



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