I want to respond to the letter from Terry Eilts (Chronicle, Jan. 23). He questions the wisdom of adding a property tax to our already significant sales tax.
First, we need to understand that the sales tax is on top of an already high state sales tax and that we pay no local property tax, just one to the county (which is very low).
A property tax is more fair because it is based on the value of a person’s property and so taxes those of us with big houses more than the trailer dwellers.
What I hope the city leaders do is reduce the sales tax if they institute the additional property tax. That would be best.
Mr. Eilts also wondered about the salaries of the various city leaders. This information could have been discovered simply by calling city hall and putting in a formal request.
When I discovered that Page had decided on a city manager type of government instead of empowering the mayor and council I too was surprised. The town I grew up in was larger than Page and it had a mayor and council that governed instead of having a city manager.
What I find most annoying with our local government is that communication is so poor between our leaders and the citizens. This could be reduced or eliminated by leaders inviting or soliciting feedback from citizens. They could establish a hotline where citizens could email concerns and ideas. There could be a town hall meeting once a month where people could share their thoughts and the leaders could respond.
Charles Buddy Greisch
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