To the editor:
As Thomas Paine wrote, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” I can remember when the Republican Party used to campaign on “no new taxes.” My oh my, how times have changed.
On the state level since 1973, the state legislature has passed six forms of the county optional income tax, affecting Indiana taxpayers.
Now, they are wanting to do away with corporate property taxes, the revenue that makes up a lot of the budgets for counties, cities and schools. Where will the new money come from? They will let the county councils raise their rates on the local taxpayer (called passing the buck), which means we will bear this one also.
Our county council already has passed some of the above. Other taxes being proposed include Marion County wanting to implement a new 1 percent tax for this (to be voted on by a county referendum). Marion County also wants people who live in the surrounding counties but work in Marion County to be taxed. I guess they forget we all spend money in Marion County. We are already paying them a tax for the new Colts stadium while the dome stadium that’s been torn down is not paid for yet.
Johnson County Council currently wants to form a convention and visitors bureau because everyone else has one. They know what it will raise but really don’t know how to spend the money, most of which will go to salaries and to other overhead costs associated.
The city of Greenwood wants a 1 percent tax on all food and beverages purchased locally. The state is even looking at shifting the costs of new power plants over the budget costs to be assumed by consumers, currently it is borne by consumers and corporations. As the head of the Indiana Manufacturers Association says, “Corporations shouldn’t pay taxes, people do.”
The current economy is causing everyone to count their money. Earnings are not increasing near as fast as our deductions are. All the new federal taxes plus our 1 percent here, 1 percent there, half-percent there added together is a lot of money coming out of paychecks.
Politicians today on all levels campaign on one thing and do the opposite. More and more of our personal freedoms are disappearing. This is why limited terms in all offices are needed now more than ever. Lawmakers today need to truly represent their constituents and not their own personal goals.
Get some sleep in the evenings — don’t lay awake thinking of all these new ways to get money from all of us. We the people can’t afford much more of this insanity.
James W. Long, former county commissioner, Greenwood