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When taxation hits the pavement … STOP

Taxation will always be a part of the norm, but in recent years, wow. Locally, we consistently see entities requesting a millage for this and that. But let’s call it what it is. A financial hardship on households.

I often don’t express my views, but, when I do, I like to think they are sound, logical, intentional and without malice. Not long ago, I expressed my view on the mandated recycling surcharge having an impact on households followed by the county treasurer implying that, yes, it is a burden, but out her control and I respect that.

We have a Youth and Recreation Program which I still can’t comprehend. Let’s look at 2018, wherein it was reported Alpena Public Schools would be awarded grant funds for various clubs, athletics and elementary schools that included stadium lights, improved athletic facilities, playground equipment and T-shirts. As reported, “grant funds cannot go to directly to APS, so the grant funds go to different groups and organizations within the school” (“APS programs get $140K from Youth and Rec millage,” Alpena News, Dec. 13). Recall, in 2018, we already approved a 0.5-mill property tax for the Youth and Recreation programs.

So, I ask this. Does a new APS request for a $63M bond to address approximately 100 issues ranging from a new weight room, chalkboards, a gym fan and overall renovations seem warranted? For me, I say no.

Why not ask our youth what is needed, rather than the elders proposing to the masses that more money is needed from our households to ensure the success of educational facilities and needs. You know what it’s like to come home to a Ramen noodles vs. steak and potato dinner. Sorry, have to pay the gas, electric, water, sewer, garbage, added millage’s and of course, the IRS.

JAMES T. JUCHARTZ,

Alpena