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Letters: Reduce tax rate increase to keep Hernando affordable

Hernando needs to focus on selling distressed properties, not increased taxes, to create more government revenue, says the Hernando County Association of Realtors®.

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Hernando needs to focus on selling distressed properties, not increased taxes, to create more government revenue, says the Hernando County Association of Realtors®.

Re: Guest column, Aug. 11

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Arlene Glantz's critique of our Hernando County Commission is spot on. They have cut services to the bone and the county is turning into a ghetto. Cutting impact fees hasn't done anything but make matters worse. We need the revenues to keep our county growing. At the same time we need to attract value-added businesses and people who are job creators like the recent addition of Corporate Jet Solutions to our Hernando County Airport which has no bearing on impact fees.

Sometimes it pays to spend money to keep the county moving forward during down times. Now the commission wants to give preference to local vendors? That does nothing but discourage competition for business and it lowers the quality of the job being performed.

My wife and I just recently remodeled our home and we used the best contractors we could find. Many where from neighboring counties such as Pasco, Pinellas and Citrus. We didn't discriminate we just looked at each contractor's quote, reputation and Workmen's Compensation insurance coverage for their employees. If a local Hernando County vendor is qualified and meets the requirements of the job then they get it, pure and simple. The results of our project is outstanding and we are more than pleased with the addition to our home.

Dennis Fischer, Spring Hill

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Housing for low-income veterans, agricultural education and a sports complex are all wonderful goals, but in order to accomplish them we need to attract new businesses for increased revenue and better-paying jobs.

The county commission must take action to head in this direction.

M.J. Wright, Spring Hill

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I am 81 years old and never smoked a cigarette in my life. In July 2007, I was given two to six years to live: I have pulmonary fibrosis due to second-hand smoke. My lungs are getting hard. There is no cure.

I also have diabetes, so am I able to sue Whitman's Chocolates? I love chocolates, but Whitman's doesn't put them in my mouth, I do.

We each have a choice to do or not. I'm sure no one forced a person to puff.

Dolores M. Weaver, Brooksville

Red light cameras curtail shopping | Aug. 11 letter

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I understand the letter writer's complaint about cameras that caught him breaking the law. But that is the issue. He broke the law.

He should not be persecuting the businesses where he made the offense. The cameras are there for this very reason. They are to catch motorists breaking the law.

Hopefully, the tickets issued will teach him a lesson.

Elizabeth Zemek, Spring Hill

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I lived in Spring Hill for 26 years. When I moved in, every home and yard was beautiful. There are codes against vehicles parked on our front lawns, taking apart a car in a driveway and just leaving it and keeping up easements. Now, you can drive from U.S. 19 to U.S. 41 and see all of these codes broken.

So do you really think litter is more harmful to tourist or the run down homes, yards and broken down vehicles everywhere? If I was a tourist I think the overall look is more important to me than a piece of paper in the road.

What happened to our county?

Eric Fehlhaber, Spring Hill

25% property tax hike unfair

The Hernando County Association of Realtors® opposes the recommendation of a 25 percent property tax rate increase. Realtors support fair taxation and this proposal is not fair. When residents were polled on raising taxes, I doubt that they were told the rate would be raised by 25 percent in one year. A more gradual increase would better suit those still living paycheck to paycheck.

Hernando County is still considered an economical area to live for those who work in Tampa. If we start drastically raising property taxes it will have a negative effect on those wishing to call Hernando County home. A large property tax increase could further cause the housing market to decline.

The cost of housing is already less affordable than it was a month ago due to rising interest rates. Add to that a 25 percent increase in the property tax rate and housing becomes even less affordable.

We need to focus on getting distressed properties sold so we can improve the looks of Hernando County and improve property values which in turn will increase the amount of funds coming into the county's general fund.

The county needs to find a way to attract businesses to come to Hernando County and raising the property tax rate by 25 percent is not the solution.

Debra Myers, Brooksville

Letters: Reduce tax rate increase to keep Hernando affordable 08/16/13 [Last modified: Friday, August 16, 2013 12:59pm]
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