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Indian Creek levies a bad idea

October 21, 2012
The Herald-Star

To the editor:

Despite an increase in unemployment, a higher cost of living, an increased elderly population on a fixed income and an unstable economy, the Indian Creek Local School District is once again submitting a large levy to the electorate in this November's election.

Taxpayers in the Indian Creek district are currently paying for seven school levies totaling 24.8 mills. This represents about 63 percent of your property tax burden. The two new levies, if passed, will bring the number of school levies to nine. The proposed new levies are 3.5 mills for a new building fund and 1.45 mills for operational costs. If passed, the new millage will be 29.75 mills, or almost 70 percent of your real estate tax (Look closely at your last tax duplicate.)

The 1.45-mill levy will be for a period of five years. If passed, the levy will doubtlessly appear on future ballots for perpetuity, since it will become a simple "renewal" once passed. The duration of the 3.5-mill new building fund will run for 37 years, until 2050. This tax burden can easily span four generations, and in many cases will continue to be paid by our great-grandchildren who will not be born for a number of years. Debt is not the kind of legacy that future generations should receive from us. They will have enough to worry about paying for the escalating national debt.

Richard Crugnale

Mingo Junction

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