Taxpayers always first to feel pain

Well, looking at the April 29 paper ("Richmond County reassesses homes"), it appears residents of Richmond County are going to get ripped again by the local government.

Chief Tax Appraiser Calvin Hicks needs to wake up and stop misleading the people about a real estate valuation increase of 6.1 percent, since houses aren't selling because the market has fallen, and Augusta is no different. It's plain to see that we have money-hungry spenders in government who want to rob the county for personal gain.

I think it's time to get these people investigated and see really where the monies are going. Having said that, that would be wasteful -- because to get it done you would have to hire thieves of the same nature. ...

Sell off some of the property the county has. Take the vehicles away from the county elected officials and let them use their own personal vehicles -- except for the sheriff's department.

Property owners always get it first. I'm 100 percent disabled and can't work, yet I'm taxed to death.

James Fishburn, Augusta

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