Enough is enough

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

To the Editor,

I would like to address this to property owners of Mercer County. As you have been reading, there will be two referendums on the ballot in April. Both are asking for more money. The first is a one percent sales tax increase. As you know this has been defeated twice. The way I look at this - The one percent is only one cent on the dollar on anything you pay tax on. This means that “everyone” will pay this penny whether you are a property owner, renter or welfare recipient. This is a fair tax and we are all paying it already every time we leave Mercer County.

Why not let Mercer County benefit from one cent also? If you look at your tax bill you will see that we are paying for Schools, Roads and Bridges, Libraries, Fire Departments, etc. Isn’t it time the rest of the citizens of Mercer County pay a share of these expenses?

Also, if you follow the papers, the County has a back-up plan if this tax doesn’t pass again; there is another referendum on the ballot to raise the rate on our property taxes. In the event that these two referendums should pass, the property owner will be double whammed paying both taxes.

We don’t mind paying our share but it is time for the people who pay property taxes to say, “enough is enough.”

A Concerned Property Owner

Evelyn Lemon