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Letter to the editor- Property tax being misused


To the editor:

As we send in our checks today to the El Dorado County tax collector for another property tax installment, we are surprised to learn of an unprecedented $8 million budget surplus at the end of the last fiscal year, prompted by a prolonged boom in property tax collections.

The county budget surplus has caused our county supervisors to delight themselves with a $7 million spending spree on nonessential pet projects favored by the supervisor in each district.

Why is none of this excess money being spent on road repairs in the Tahoe Basin, or other essential projects, or a refund to the people who provided the funds? Why are we being taxed extra for the county library, snow clearing equipment, mosquito abatement, school building repairs, ambulance service, hazardous waste collection and a ballpark and ice rink, with all these excess funds begging to be spent somewhere … anywhere?

This does not make sense.

David Orosco

South Lake Tahoe

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