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Richfield resident questions fees

8/29/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

A fee is a charge allowed by law for the service provided by a public officer. A tax is a burdensome charge, obligation, duty or demand for a sum of money.

So we the people are challenged to decide which is the lesser of the two evils, and this brings me to the point of ground water run off. The same water that has been here since the beginning of time has all of a sudden become something we have to be saved from! Think of the children! Makes me want to pu..!

As I happily paid my tax/fee to NEORSD [Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District], I had to ponder this question — is it a fee or a tax?

According to NEORSD, it is a fee and I can qualify for storm water fee credits by applying to bla, bla, bla. What service do I get from a public official for this fee? I get the same as you do — zip, zero, nothing.

My fee went up from last year by around $12 and I understand it will go up around $10 a year for the next 10 years! Where does our money go? Yes you guessed it; into that cesspool we call Cleveland.

This is taxation with out representation, or is it feezation without representation?

Our businesses are being molested with huge fees imposed by NEORSD. Richfield Village alone pays millions, that’s right millions of dollars of fees a year into this nightmare, yet our liberal court says it’s just fine. ... All legal but don’t worry folks, Summit County is putting together a plan of their own! Yea! I’ve been waiting for that. Don’t worry, we are from the government and we’re here to help.

So now when your pizza, burger, car repair or hair cut costs more, just think of the all children that will be saved and all the flooded basements in Cleveland that will receive nothing because of poor planning and engineering caused by Cuyahoga County.

Good people, when do we put our foot down?

Dale Narovec, Richfield

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