Letters to the Editor, June 21, 2009Written by Administrator | | firstname.lastname@example.org
TO THE EDITOR,
Let me see if I have this right. Congress taxes business and the citizenry at ever increasing rates. Congress takes money off the top of those taxes to pay for their bloated administrative costs. Congressional members then attempt to buy our votes by returning a much smaller portion of our taxes back to their home districts, but only for the projects they wish, and only under the conditions they set. And we are supposed to feel grateful for this? Remember this simple process the next time your local official holds their press conference to announce a federal grant.
No wonder this is called pork — it sure stinks like a pig pen to me.
ROBERT DENSIC, Rossford
Against the TARTA sales tax
Sylvania TARTA service is too expensive on a per person basis. A sales tax will not improve service outside of Toledo. There will be no accounting of how much is taken from individual cities and townships.
Taxes Paid 1 $1,124,000.00 $2,299,000.00
Tax per $100,000.00 assessed value $70.00/year $70.00/year
Riders/year2 79,310 bsp; 63,590
Taxpayers cost/trip $14.17 $36.15
Riders/day Annual (365 day year) 217 people 174 people
Mon.-Fri. riders/day2 288 people 231 people
Sat.-Sun. riders/day 2 40 people 32 people
Last TARTA levy vote margin3 293 passed 454 failed
1 – Lucas County Auditor 2008 data; email on file
2- TARTA 2008 data; email on file on file
3- Lucas County Board of Elections Data
If Sylvania city voters knew the above data, I wonder if it would have passed in the city.
I tried TARTA, an unpleasant two hour, with transfer, one way trip to work I make in 15 MINUTES using my vehicle.
Recent TARTA Blade ad stated public transportati on is healthful. Actually, public transportation is not healthy, especially to senior citizens. Consider waiting for a bus in rain, cold, snow, heat and humidity and sitting with someone sneezing, coughing and blowing their nose. Swine flu anyone?
TARTA must wean itself from property taxes, operate as a business and charge riders appropriately. TARTA would become very responsive, customer friendly and fiscally responsible. Tax payers who can’t use TARTA should not be forced to subsidize riders. Riders save on gasoline, vehicle cost, maintenance and possibly insurance. Riders should bear the true cost. Anyone concerned about poor people can form a charitable foundation to assist those in need.
TARTA is a mechanism for Toledo politicians to obtain sub urban tax money. A levy would fail only if Toledo residents voted no. Suburban voters can’t overcome Toledo voters numerical advantage.
JOHN PLENZER, Sylvania