The Covington News - - OPINION -

There’s no ques­tion that any­one who owns property hates to pay taxes on it.

The sim­ple truth is that taxes are a ne­ces­sity if we de­sire ser­vices such as roads and po­lice pro­tec­tion.

Just like many of our read­ers, we do not want to see tax in­creases un­less a con­certed ef­fort is made to cur­tail ex­penses and at­tract new in­dus­try to the com­mu­nity — in turn in­creas­ing the tax base with­out rais­ing our tax load in the fu­ture.

This year, the ma­jor­ity of our county com­mis­sion­ers would like to re­duce the cur­rent property tax rate. We’re sure they are sin­cere in this ef­fort, and we would like to think that pol­i­tics plays no part in their de­sire.

Be­fore you laugh too hard at that last thought, just re­mem­ber that you elected them.

As much as we would like to see a tax roll­back this year, the board of com­mis­sion­ers may not be wise to lower the rate too much if there’s a chance it will have to turn around next year and sim­ply raise the rate again.

Our sug­ges­tion is that the board looks dili­gently at how any ex­tra money could be used to strengthen the county’s in­fra­struc­ture. If there are some spe­cific projects or im­prove­ments that would greatly ben­e­fit the county, let’s hear them.

The board promised it would lower the tax rate within two years, and that’s a prom­ise they have to keep. But, above all, we want to see wise lead­er­ship, stew­ard­ship and plan­ning from our elected lead­ers.

If some in­vest­ments now will save us more money in the fu­ture or greatly en­hance many res­i­dents’ lives, they need to be con­sid­ered.

A small break that only leads to more long-term harm is not the an­swer.

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