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Norton resident asks for vote against Issue No. 5

4/22/2010 - West Side Leader
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By Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

I am submitting this letter to encourage Norton voters to vote “no” on Issue No. 5, the property tax increase for the school [bond issue and] levy. Any additional taxes at this time are unacceptable and an unnecessary additional burden on the residents.

For those of us who work outside of Norton, we are feeling the sting of paying the local income tax increase to fund the sewer and water line installation. Our neighbors who are receiving the “benefit” of the sewer and water line installation get to pay a very substantial assessment for this benefit. Of course, this assessment will eventually come to every one of us as the sewer and water lines are expanded. These expenses are in addition to all of the other tax increases that our county has in store for us as well. Our mayor and City Council have already determined without our input where our tax and personal dollars should be spent — on the sewer and water lines.

Regarding the subject of the sewer and water line installation, I would like to know exactly what the monetary damage to the homeowner is or will be limited to. I am reading and hearing that for some, the assessment is in the $10,000 to $15,000 range. On top of that, we get to foot the expense for the installation of the lines into the house to the tune of $5,000 to $10,000. Not exactly pocket change!

Don’t forget that once the sewer and water lines are installed we get the additional monthly expense of paying the Barberton water bill. Again, some of our neighbors got a rude awakening when they received their bill, which included a substantial surcharge that folks in Barberton don’t have to pay.

Once the incredible expenses for the sewer and water lines are paid, I would be inclined to support a school levy. Just keep in mind as we head to the polls how much we now and for many years will pay.

Lee Beaty, Norton

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