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Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

To Mother Na­ture. Ce­cil County res­i­dents have long con­tended with balmy sum­mer nights dur­ing the an­nual late July Ce­cil County Fair, but this year’s heat wave and harsh rain­storms have been more than many are will­ing to han­dle. With a heat in­dex con­sid­er­ably higher than 100 de­grees Mon­day, the fair’s Chil­dren Day was ham­pered by un­com­fort­able weather. Worse yet, the con­stant tem­per­a­tures in ex­cess of 90 de­grees have made the metal mid­way rides too hot for many young rid­ers, forc­ing or­ga­niz­ers to post­pone the open­ing of the mid­way to cooler night­time hours. Luck­ily, the last two days of the fair prom­ise to be drier than the first seven have been, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice. We can only hope that county res­i­dents and sup­port­ers of our strong agri­cul­tural com­mu­nity turn out in droves tonight and to­mor­row night to en­sure the fair has as suc­cess­ful a fin­ish as pos­si­ble. Farm­ers sup­port us, so let’s make sure to sup­port them.

To the in­creas­ing num­ber of prop­erty own­ers step­ping for­ward in Ris­ing Sun to draw at­ten­tion to an un­in­tended con­se­quence of a re­cent town tax pol­icy change. Last month, the town an­nounced that about half of the monthly util­ity bill prop­erty own­ers were re­ceiv­ing would be re-clas­si­fied as debt ser­vice tax and moved to the prop­erty tax bill along with the cost of trash pickup. On av­er­age, that would raise the prop­erty tax bill about $384. The monthly bill would then only cover the cost of ac­tual wa­ter and sewer us­age. Ear­lier this month though, the board heard from two men whose va­cant prop­er­ties were be­ing taxed for un­used ser­vices. This week, even more stepped for­ward to ques­tion how the town could col­lect for ser­vices not ren­dered. “What you’ve done is wrong,” Wil­liam Cather told town of­fi­cials. “You can’t tax some­one for a ser­vice they are not re­ceiv­ing.” While we give town lead­ers credit for think­ing out­side of the box in­stead of im­me­di­ately look­ing to raise user fees on util­i­ties, this plan was per­haps “too good to be true” and needs to head back to the draw­ing board to iron out such is­sues as the ones raised.

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