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IN THE MAIL: Governments' carefree ways frustrate residents

GRAND FORKS -- Regarding the May 18 letter by Betsy and Dexter Perkins ("Taxes go a long way in Grand Forks, state," Page D3): Everyone is entitled to their own interpretation of the value of owning a home in Grand Forks. I hope the Perkins' cont...

GRAND FORKS -- Regarding the May 18 letter by Betsy and Dexter Perkins ("Taxes go a long way in Grand Forks, state," Page D3):

Everyone is entitled to their own interpretation of the value of owning a home in Grand Forks. I hope the Perkins' continue to enjoy the value they see as they continue to pay their taxes.

However, I pay twice their stated property tax and do not get any more streets to drive on, fire protection, police protection, city utility use or snow removal than they do, so perhaps value is somewhat relative.

I have not talked to anyone who knows what their property tax is -- a lot of people have the cost hidden in there mortgage payment and don't know -- who is happy with the rate. Senior citizens and others on small fixed incomes move into affordable homes (taxwise speaking) and soon find their homes unaffordable simply because the taxes never stop going up.

No one would deny the need for quality education, police and fire protection, streets and utilities. Unfortunately there is an underlying sense of suspicion and disappointment that our local council, county and School Board members could be much more responsible as to how our hard-earned money collected as taxes is spent.

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There is a feeling that our leaders are disconnected from their constituents when it comes to an understanding of the value of the dollar.

So, if you agree with the Perkins' in their assessment of the value we are getting from our tax burden, then you can rest at ease. But for the rest of us, we are very interested in who our leaders are at the local level.

It is not just some of the candidates who are running for election who think that the taxes we pay are exorbitant and out of control.

John Reese

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