My hat is off to Ms. Miller for her letter to the editor (Chronicle, Jan. 9) and amazed at how our government agencies, be they city, county, state or federal, feel they can run roughshod over the citizens they are sworn to serve.
It seems that no matter what government agency we talk about, is all the same. Stick it to the public and take care of my job. I just wonder how much our city officialsómayor, city council and especially the city manageróearn.
I have to ask myself and the rest of you: Why do we need a city manager when we have a mayor and a city council? It seems to me that if the mayor and council canít run a small town, population of about 8,000, then why do we have them?
Letís talk about this city council, mayor and city manager for a moment. I ask them, Who do you think you are by imposing a property tax or increasing the sales tax rate in Page? And when has a tax ever been removed after the bill has been paid? Never, because they will find something else to spend it on.
I have done some checking on the sales tax rates across the country and found that Tuba City is the highest with 13.75 percent, followed closely by Kayenta with 12.1 percent and Page following up in the top 10 in the country with 10.725 percent.
How can you possibly consider raising our taxes or adding new ones at all? With our sales tax rates, I could live in Hawaii cheaper than here in Page. I also ask just who voted for the new public safety building, the new PEU building, and the rest of the new items mentioned in Ms. Millerís comments?
As a resident of Page, living on a fixed income, I cannot afford any more taxes and expect to remain here.
I urge all the residents of Page to voice your opinions about these taxes and vote against them if they should happen to show up on the March ballot, which I am sure that the city will find a way to just implement them.
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