Stop raising our taxes

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I wonder if I am the only citizen who thinks Augusta’s city government is a joke. They are split down the middle, and can’t make any decisions except to take retreats at taxpayers’ expense. For my tax money, they can meet in a commissioner’s office, turn their cell phones off and limit their bills for gas in their autos. I wonder if they considered this.

I don’t think the taxpayer should support or promote retreats. I think commissioners have their vacations already built into their packages. They should take a look at themselves before even letting one thought of raising taxes, property or otherwise, on the taxpayers already taxed beyond their means.

The spending on a local level, state level and federal level has got to stop somewhere. I think it’s running over now.

Elaine Freville

Wrens

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mooseye
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mooseye 05/06/13 - 06:01 am
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What happened

to what were once called "public servants"?
There should not be any tax dollars used for anything other than the public good, and a "retreat" (thats a good word for it though, retreat from doing anything productive) is not for the public good.
I bet the majority of politicians are already well off enough that the taxes do not take food off their table, so why should they care how much they waste?

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Gary Ross 05/06/13 - 06:23 am
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Government is out of control on all levels

I would vote to return to the days when all government entities had to operate within a budget, but "We the people" aren't given that option to vote on. Do you really think they care about us?

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RMSHEFF 05/06/13 - 08:16 am
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You are not the only one...

two of us ...at least. Sometimes we forget about the state and local government but these are just as big a problem. Why do you think so many have moved to Columbia County and North Augusta. If you want to see Augusta's future just look at Atlanta, High crime, high taxes, poor schools, corruption in government. The democrats must be in control!

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 05/06/13 - 08:23 am
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Not to many years ago public

Not to many years ago public service was a profession that meant serving the public. For some reason things began to changed about 20 years ago and public service was replaced by self service. People once worked for our government knowing it meant lower pay in exchange for good benefits,low stress and job security. Now ,just look at the salary of all levels of public service with many making six figures. This is the result of a corrupt government and cannot be sustained.

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t3bledsoe 05/06/13 - 09:11 am
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GREAT LTE

This LTE hits the mark ! I just want to add, in South Carolina, The Feds. and The State are cutting back on tax collections ONLY to pass the berdon of school taxes and other taxes on to property owners !! Where will it stop ??!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 05/06/13 - 09:58 am
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GREAT comment "RMSHEFF @9:23"

My last job was in 2003 with the United States Geological Survey. In my second year I was making $29,000 per year. Even I can relate to your comment !! Levels above my grade ARE MAKING WAY TOO MUCH MONEY for being "public service" !!

dahreese
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dahreese 05/06/13 - 11:20 am
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"For some reason things began
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"For some reason things began to changed about 20 years ago and public service was replaced by self service."

I hate to be the one to burst your bubble, but that "self-service" began with the writting of the Constitution.

Seems a guy named Alexander Hamilton didnt' trust the average American to run the counry and thought the country ought to be run be a group of "We the people" meaning the elite, the monied group, not the average American.

That seems to be the political practice today regardless of which political party is in control.

The average American hasn't a clue what his/her government does in his/her name and it's the intent of government to keep them (the herd) that way.

"Public servant" is an anachronim.

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deestafford 05/06/13 - 11:58 am
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Giving more tax money to any level of government

is like giving a case of Jack Daniels Black Label to an alcoholic.

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 05/06/13 - 02:45 pm
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dahreese

20 years ago working for or in government meant less pay than the equivalent private sector job, the reverse is now true. They now have better pay, benefits, and retirement along with a job for life unless they retire at 50. All at the expense of the taxpayer who makes less.

dahreese
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dahreese 05/06/13 - 08:17 pm
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"All at the expense of the
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"All at the expense of the taxpayer who makes less."

But every taxpayer has the choice to work in goverment, in some capacity, or not, right, like, being a sanitation worker?

And if they don't choose to work in government, they are exercising their options, right?

Nor do all government workers make more than those in non-government service, right?

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