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1-cent tax confusing, not needed

Editor: It is truly appalling to hear Pasco County commissioners try and devise a trap designed to mislead gullible voters into approving a 1 cent increase in the local sales tax.

There are a lot of people out there who would be confused and probably vote for something that sounded urgent, like "capital needs assessment" over a tax that has no real purpose at this point. The county has already talked about the tax, while not having anything particular in mind to build with it.

This county is in a "pay now, plan later" mode; that is not in the best interest of its citizens. What roads will be built and where will the gasoline tax money that is supposed to build roads go instead? This is a way to pad the county coffers, just the same way the commissioners decided to increase the franchise fee for cable programming, in order to get extra money out of us subscribers.

Well, county commissioners, just in case you haven't gotten the message yet, in this time of economic slowdown, we don't want another tax or assessment. Shame on you, Peter Altman!

Sandra Cole, New Port Richey

Penny for Pasco

doesn't make sense

Re: Officials Discuss Pitching Penny, March 14

Editor: It sounds to me like John Gallagher thinks all he had to do is find a way to fool the people and he will get his tax increase.

I do not understand why anyone would vote for a tax increase. It seems like the federal and state governments have an excess of funds. What is our local government doing wrong?

Just in case you have any doubt what will happen to your "Penny for Pasco," look to the south and ask Pinellas what went wrong with their "Penny for Pinellas."

A tax is a tax is a tax, no matter what it is called.

Walt Nagel, New Port Richey

Leave law-abiding

adult businesses alone

Editor: As for the adult businesses along U.S. 19, whether they're from dancing or lingerie shops, I say, as long as they're properly licensed, paying their taxes, aren't hurting anyone, they should be left alone. Men enjoy women entertaining them.

If the county doesn't want businesses like this to open, then why issue a business license to them? It's unfair to give them a license, let the business owner get established and then say, "You're not wanted here." Totally unfair. Let them stay here. Just keep an eye on them, and/or don't issue any more licenses.

Sue Bishop, Port Richey

Embassy Hills deserves better from commission

Editor: I hardly think Embassy Hills is a neighborhood in decline, as Commissioner Altman has not-so-delicately expressed with his opinion. I first saw Embassy Hills back in the summer of '81, when a dear friend of mine moved here. Seventeen years later I knew just where I wanted to live.

A lot of us choose not to show our affluence with big, fancy 3,000-square-foot homes. Some of us move here as our children are grown, and we just don't need a huge home any longer. That doesn't mean we are any less affluent than the areas Altman would consider too affluent to place low income housing near.

After a lifetime of hard, honest work, we moved here for the good life _ our reward, a safe place to spend our golden years. It appears that Altman and company have just deprived us of that opportunity because of our lack of visible affluence. It appears we will be needing a guard dog or two, and a hotline to the sheriff's office, as we will be living in a dangerous slum in our golden years.

I am truly ashamed to say, I voted for all those fine commissioners, who have, in my opinion, sold us down the river for lack of obvious affluence. If Embassy Hills declines, it will be from all the low-income projects you fine people are forcing around us. Thanks for taking the good life and turning it to poop.

See you all at the polls, as I do exercise my right to vote, and I never forget someone who wrongs me. We don't need Lake Lisa, and all the problems it will surely bring with it. This used to be a nice place to live.

All they are worried about is filling their deep developers' pockets. Why not build affordable single family homes for low income people? Because there is no money in it for the already wealthy developers.

Debbie Stockland, Port Richey

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