To the editor:
I want to personally thank the Harrison County Fiscal Court for considering the current economic condition and voting to keep the tax rate the same as last year. A lot of the surrounding counties voted to increase the tax rate. We all should be proud of the current makeup of the court, as it includes youthful vision/initiative and aged wisdom (sorry, I had to say that).
During last week’s meeting, it was evident that the court had already decided to vote on a new ordinance that would keep the same tax rate as 2011 and they did let some citizens voice their concerns anyway, which is only proper.
Please remember, that there are several other taxing districts that have had their own vote to lower, keep, or raise the tax, two of these government entities are the school board and the city commission. It looks like it is too late to address the school board, but the city has announced a public meeting on Sept. 8, 2011, 1 p.m., at the City Hall so the public can come and voice their concerns or opinions. I hope many will do so. With businesses and the public being hit hard currently anyway, is this the right time to take more of your hard earned money?
Please remember which entity voted to keep the same tax rate or raise it when you open you tax bills in November so you will know who to thank.