Dear Editor,



The formula for hoopla, smoke and mirrors was explained to me recently at my request by the County appraiser. It made about as much sense to me as it did Bill Rushton.

Dear Editor,

The formula for hoopla, smoke and mirrors was explained to me recently at my request by the County appraiser. It made about as much sense to me as it did Bill Rushton.

Quoting the Kansas City Star April 9, 2008 and the CNN News April 23, “the single family home values went down 7.7% and 8.5% respectively”. On a national average depending on which source you quote.

How can Crawford County keep increasing home values? Recently, California stopped ridiculous tax increases by passing a bill called “Proposition 13.”

In essence the California bill said “the politicians must get by on what they are getting. There will be no more increase unless the people vote on it.”

Over the past 10 years I have owned homes in Oregon and Nevada. My Oregon property taxes were 40% of what I pay in Pittsburg. (Oregon has no sales tax.) My property taxes in Nevada were 33% of what I pay in Pittsburg. (Nevada has no income tax.)

Both homes were worth more than my Pittsburg home.

When it comes to vehicle registration taxes you wouldn’t believe it. My Oregon vehicle registration tax was less than 15% of my Kansas taxes.

Mr. Rushton I will march to Girard. I will do anything to make taxes more realistic in Crawford County. Unhappy Kansas — Tax Payer.

Bob Maxwell

Pittsburg