Email letters, Sept. 28, 2011

Bradford is available to her constituents

I want to take this opportunity to thank Rep. Laura Bradford for her help in resolving a matter with a local government agency. I had contacted a number of state and local representatives regarding the matter, and she was the only one who returned my emails and calls. She was the only one who, not only responded to my email and returned my phone call, but helped resolve the issue. She is truly a representative of the people that she serves.

Thank you Rep. Bradford for you help.

JARROD P. LANG
Olathe

Make education taxes fair for everyone

I can’t believe that the solution to everyone’s problems are to raise property taxes when probably half of the property owners do not have children in schools in Mesa County, but already get to pay a hefty sum for education here. Why is it everyone gets to vote on what property owner’s pay and they get the benefit while we get to smile and bear it?

I already pay tens of thousands a year in property taxes and was looking forward to a very small break as my taxes did not go down hardly at all, but anything is a welcome in this day and time. Everyone always assumes that if someone owns property, they are rich and especially if it happens to be commercial property which is taxed a lot higher and way too high in Mesa County to begin with.

Edward Frost’s assessed value of $19,870 is a very poor example in Mesa County as you can not even find a piece of vacant land at that price and I would bet that 99.99 percent of property owners is eight times that so that would make the average property owner’s being taxed an extra $1,112 a year going by this example.

I don’t have a problem with teachers being paid at a decent wage, but I do have a problem with raises and bonuses always going to the top-heavy part of the district where the cuts should have come from to begin with. How many people do we need to tell teachers what to do if the appropriate measures were taken when they were hired to make sure they are capable of giving the students the education the students deserve?

Is there not an overall tax that encompasses everyone to pay, not just property owners? Lets make this fair and you will probably get a lot more votes.

LOIS ROBISON
Grand Junction



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