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Letters to the Editor: A Public Forum
Paying Taxes
Chief Appraiser
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 • Posted February 13, 2013

It's The Way We Are

People in Mason are constant source of amazement, always ready to step up to the plate, whether to

help a neighbor, support our youth, volunteer for civic activities, or assist a total stranger. The list

goes on and on. Call it what you will, it means there are lots of good people who live in our community. Our interest in making this a better place, a welcoming place, is on exhibit 365 days a year. It’s the way we are.

Overcoming perils is a way of life. This year we have had to deal with a continuing drought, record prices for most of the things we consume, a very contentious election cycle, uncertainty on so many fronts, tax increases, increased regulation in our daily lives, and a sputtering economy, just to name a few. If you were inclined to see the glass as half empty, it would be understandable. However, most people in our community see the glass as half full. It’s the way we are.

Paying taxes isn’t something we eagerly look forward to each year but we do it because it is necessary. The taxing jurisdictions rely on our tax dollars to provide the services we need and are continually vigilant in how those monies are spent. We taxpayers expect $1.10 worth of effort for every dollar we pay and they try to provide. It’s the way we are.

January 31st of each year marks the end of the current collection cycle. This year, in spite of the many

difficulties affecting our lives, 89.4 of the 2012 tax levy was paid timely. That is over 3 more than last year for the same period. I think it is time for the taxpayers and the jurisdictions that serve us to give each other a pat on the back. Paying timely and judiciously spending these public funds makes our community a source of pride for all of us. It’s no accident. It’s the way we are.

Ted Smith, Chief Appraiser

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