Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Like taxpayers, government should cut spending

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Open letter to County Executive Isiah Leggett:

Your proposed county budget increase for the year is 3.9 percent. While this looks like a huge decrease from the last few years, it will be more than made up for by the creation of new fees, increases in existing fees, and the increase in the tax on the home I have lived in for more than 36 years. My total property tax bill will probably be well over 10 percent.

Social Security, military and civil service cost of living increases for retirees are 2.3 percent. At 75, I can hardly go out and find a job to make up the difference. But I can vote.

I’ve been cutting spending for years as government spending has gone wild, flush with money from a real estate balloon that everyone knew couldn’t go up forever. As a responsible adult, I have to live within my income. Why doesn’t the government have to behave responsibly and live within its income?

Caro B. Ostlund, Potomac