City Citizens Shouldn't Be Paying County Taxes - And Response (2)

Friday, February 8, 2019

I am still wondering why we in the city are still paying county taxes? We get nothing from the county that I am aware of. 

As a senior citizen I have been paying this for many years, and I feel it's time for a change. Senior citizens are on fixed income, and need all the help they can get.

Why are we still paying for emissions? We were told this would come to a stop. It seems no one is interested in following up on this matter. Money, $3 for city and $6 for the people that operate it.

We want it stopped.

Charlotte Epperson 

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I would assume Charlotte Epperson has heard of the Hamilton County School District.

Douglas Jones
Ooltewah

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When folks around what we call downtown today thought they could better manage the area around them than the larger more rural county they incorporated into a city with a municipal form of government and taxes to pay for it. 

Until the 1960s the city was the center of everything. Then people began moving to the suburbs and smaller municipalities. Today we have an ever expanding population within and without the city. But the city still offers services the county doesn’t such as fire protection and garbage collection. People in the county have to pay extra for those services, so no free ride there. 

But there are services the county provides that the city does not like the courts, courthouses, jail and schools, health department and clinics, debt servicing, tax assessing and collection, and many more. State law determines a lot of these services, departments and who pays for them. And without some of these the city would have to assume more responsibilities and then pass the cost on to city residents like they used to do. Why do you think the city voted to go out of the school business in the 90s? 

I remember City Commissioner Jim Eberle’s annual speech on “dual taxation.” That’s when I took the time to examine the question. Contrary to the hype, many county residents pay city taxes if they make purchases in the city, own a business in the city or pay fees city charges to park or use certain city services. Many, many county and Georgia residents work in the city and spend vast amounts of money there. Without them and their money the city would become like Detroit. 

One makes choices in life and choosing to live in an area where you pay more tax is a personal choice subject to change. The real problem in America is we pay too much in federal taxes to fund the social engineering and pork barrel schemes of federal politicians. I do not begrudge my local taxes and don’t complain about them because they fund the services that affect me, my family and my neighbors and improve all of our lives. If you want to really make a difference demand the federal government first enact a spending budget and then balance it.

California and a half dozen other big states in financial trouble are examples of tax and spend socialism gone wild. But they ultimately rely on others in the the nation, like the city here, to spend money there and prop up their economies and government services.

My grandmother never complained about being on a “fixed income” and having to pay for things she didn’t use. Her taxes paid for the education and safety of many of those who complain today. Too bad the complainers didn’t listen in civics class in school.

Ralph Miller


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