To the editor:
I want people to know I'm afraid to pick up the paper in the mornings. I never know what new shock will be there for possible new assessments or taxes from the city.
I see another $1.9 million for improvements borrowed to be paid back in taxes or assessments in the paper again!
Is anyone in government dealing with reality?
I bought my home about 10 years ago and have lived here all my life. I'm truly scared with all the expenses, taxes, assessments and costs going up and up whether I'll be able to keep my home.
Most of our jobs in town pay about $10 and hour. After federal and state taxes, that leaves about $300 a week.
Check the rentals - most are $500 to $600 a month. House payments run about $400 a month and up. Water bills from $50 to $80 a month. Cable is $20 and up. Electricity $50 a month and up. Insurance and medical expenses vary.
We also have to remember the retirees who've lived here all their lives. Social Security pays $800 to $1,200 a month. And if they're lucky they have a supplement income, going fast from expenses.
Groceries cost, if you can afford much, and gas costs.
Where will the money come from for more taxes or assessments?
Sure someone will write in saying I'm nuts and don't know what I'm talking about. But I still work full time and can't see retiring for years. I live these expenses every day along with others. And every new possibility of taxes or assessment and these going up threatens my home and possibility of making ends meet. And that's my reality.
I want to thank The Messenger for reporting the truth. You cover a broad area. So why would anyone in their right mind want to buy a home or locate with these taxes and assessments constantly being implemented.
Sure we look good and I have very little left for fun. But I'm just dealing with the real world.
City government, please slow down and finance top priorities and must-haves. Only.
I hope I will be able to keep my home and continue to live in Fort Dodge.