Wednesday, July 30, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Taxation without representation

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From page A5 | March 20, 2013 |

EDITOR:

The BOE was so kind to send me a bill reminding me I owe them a bunch of money because I had the misfortune of being born in this state and I have a mortgage. That’s the only reason I can figure. Unless I’m being punished for living in El Dorado County. It’s not to pay for fire protection because this money goes through the BOE to the general fund and I already pay taxes that support my fire protection.

I thought it’s one of those “fairness” deals I kept getting dealt, but nope almost everyone who owns a home or pays a mortgage to a bank in our county got the same bill. I’m confused because places like L.A. and ‘Frisco don’t have to pay.

The Website they told me to read said that Valley folk have their own fire departments so they don’t have to pay. I looked around and found that for every dollar a resident of El Dorado pays in state taxes we get back .54 cents from Sacramento. Aren’t we already paying our “fair share?” For fairness sake shouldn’t everyone who owns a home in California pay this tax, or fee or whatever? Do they not clog up our roads with their camping gear to spend time in the state’s parks and forests throughout our county? Shouldn’t we put a toll on Highway 50 charging those people a trespass fee?

Is it too much conspiracy grassy knoll thinking to wonder why all the places around the state that vote primarily Democrat get a free pass when they benefit the most from the services? Are we being punished? How about this, the people of the Pioneer Fire District voted to give themselves a tax increase to pay for a service (fire protection) they were already being taxed for but was taken away. Now they have to pay the BOE again for the same service. Didn’t our forefathers dump King George for doing the same darn thing?

KEN STEERS
Cameron Park

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