Stop asking for more from those with less

I am a senior citizen and I voted, with reservations, for the April 24 ballot items.

I do have thoughts regarding the clear voter rejection. I am unable to comprehend how city officials, and in particular our new mayor, believe that asking Kent residents to cough up more money in taxes right now, regardless of purpose, can possibly fly.

It wasn’t that long ago that the City Council – with then council member Dana Ralph voting in the affirmative – voted to raise the real property tax rate. At the time, it was estimated – and stated in the Kent Reporter – that the raise would mean a home valued at $300,000 would mean an increase of roughly $150 in taxes.

What nobody bothered to mention was that the writing was already on the wall that home valuations were going to jump considerably. In my case, my annual tax bill rose by $500.

You can dress it up all you want, Dana, but that is a huge hit. She has already promised to take the entire matter back to the voters instead of looking at other options.

How much does it cost just to set up a ballot vote?

Separately, I need to remind everyone involved that the majority of the seniors who live in Kent exist on fixed incomes. Like most other taxes in Washington, property taxes are regressive. Only those with extremely low incomes get a break.

Dana, et al., $500 per year is a huge hit for the majority of seniors in their “golden years.”

I am forming my own club named STOPSOS. Stop S__ Our Seniors. The choice of verbs beginning in “S” is optional.

– Stephen Litster

More in Letters to the Editor

Let’s clarify the federal budget process

Regarding Mr. Valentine’s letter (“Shame on us for bringing aboard Trump,” Feb.… Continue reading

Wanted: a better president

Kudos to Harold Valentine for his well written letter in the Feb.… Continue reading

Inslee: tend to ‘our Washington’

Washington is last in earthquake preparedness. It is near the top in… Continue reading

‘National wealth tax’ doesn’t add up to a solution

In response to last week’s letter calling for a “national wealth tax:”… Continue reading

Gov. Inslee, you’re not the right fit for president

Gov. Jay Inslee, cool your jets. You are not presidential material. Let’s… Continue reading

Seriously, your view is skewed

Regarding: “Presenting a view from the right” (Reporter, letters to the editor,… Continue reading

Casting a dim shadow over Trump

Regarding the Nov. 30 “Brighter Side of Trump” letter: the policies of… Continue reading

Presenting a view from the right

You should hear from a Trump supporter now and then just to:… Continue reading

Time is now to support fight against Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is the only leading cause of death that cannot be… Continue reading

Online school keeps us sailing

We enrolled our son, Alex, in Washington Virtual Academy in Kindergarten (WAVA)… Continue reading

Why not investigate Joe Fain rape accusation?

The last two Auburn Reporters reported about the investigation into the rape… Continue reading

Homelessness requires care, accountability

Responding to Michael Colasurdo’s comments in a letter to the editor, “Stop… Continue reading