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Resident suggests those wanting more should move to city

1/30/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

A recent letter to the editor complained that Bath is lacking in amenities such as a senior center and leaf and trash pickup [“Bath resident says community lacking in amenities,” Jan. 16, 2014, West Side Leader.]

The complaint about a lack of a senior center is an ongoing one. Bath also doesn’t have a 2 percent (or more) city income tax, yet I’ve never heard anyone complain about that. I’m sure that many Bath seniors (and non-seniors) have chuckled more than once about how they don’t pay city income tax like their friends in Akron do.

If you work in Fairlawn, you pay city income tax there and Fairlawn keeps it. They don’t send it to Bath.

With respect to leaf and trash pickup, once again city residents pay city income tax. They also pay water and sewer bills. Most residents of cities that provide leaf pickup also live on small lots (less than half of an acre) and pay comparable taxes to what Bath residents pay to live on much larger lots. Only 3 percent of Bath residents’ property taxes go to the Bath Township General Fund. The rest of the property tax goes to Summit County, Bath Fire, Police, Roads and Bridges, Parks, Revere Schools, [Akron-]Summit County [Public] Library, etc. Bath can’t use police levy money to pay for leaf pickup even if it wanted to. The township never provided any of these services and never said it would. No one ever moved to Bath because the township said leaf pickup would start in the fall and then simply changed its mind. Bath is not a city and will never provide many of the services that cities provide.

If people want or need many of the services that cities provide, then you should probably live in a city, but you can’t have your cake and eat it too.

Michael Burns, Bath

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