Voice of the People
On Monday, Dec. 8, the
Chesterton Town Council will be having a public hearing on the new three
year schedule for refuse and recycling fees.
Since these new fees that
are being proposed were based on the cost of fuel a few months ago, I feel
the Council should ask for new bids or schedules because of the decrease in
fuel costs, plus the economic recession that we are now experiencing and
expected to remain in for some time. They even are proposing a built-in
escalating rate for the next three years. Is there a de-escalating clause if
fuel prices decrease? If not, why not?
Has any thought been given
to special rates for households with two persons or less who probably only
need refuse services every other week? Senior citizen rates?
When fees are attached for
other services instead of being part of the tax base, they are not
deductible for taxpayers filing long forms. The state has its reasons for
denying expenditures in local budgets.
Now is the time to pull in
our belts and try to keep costs down. Be creative! Think outside the box!
These are trying times
economically. Many people in our area are facing the possibility of being
out of work in the near future, if they are not already. We need to try to
keep costs down as much as possible. Taxpayers cannot continue to pay
increases of 14 percent, 20 percent, 34 percent or 38 percent, etc. for fees
that local government continues to add to our bills for services, especially
in these hard economic times.
Unless you are employed by
an entity that has few or no layoffs and you pay little and no health
insurance costs, you need to attend this hearing.
If you cannot attend this
hearing, contact a Town Council member and express your views on this issue.