Our View: The tax tradeoff

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Craig Editorial Board, January 2010 to March 2010

  • Bryce Jacobson, newspaper representative
  • Joshua Roberts, newspaper representative
  • Sherry Kurz, community representative
  • Lynne Krause, community representative
  • Tim Jantz, community representative
  • Karen Knez, community representative

Moffat County tax bills were sent out to residents in January and represented an increase in property taxes.

Many residents, particularly now in a downtrodden economy, might be feeling the sticker shock of those higher taxes, and that apprehension is understandable.

Still, it’s probably wise to keep those particular taxes, and taxes in general, in perspective.

Although it’s a near certainty to state that no one enjoys paying taxes, those fees remain our obligation as residents for having a civilized society.

No one likes them, sure, but the prospect of being without the services they provide is unthinkable.

In Craig and Moffat County, the Editorial Board contends our taxes are a reasonable tradeoff for the public services and facilities our community has.

Within recent years, our community has been proactive enough to approve taxes for much-needed things such as improved fire department equipment, a new hospital, schools and a new community college campus.

These amenities and improved services are in addition to the valuable and necessary services already provided, such as the Craig Police Department and Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, fire department and infrastructure maintenance and improvements, among others.

The taxes we pay, the Editorial Board believes, are reasonable for the return we, at least most of the time, receive for our money, and not nearly as costly as other areas in our state.

Of course, none of this is meant to diminish or minimize the citizenry’s fundamental right to protest or express their displeasure with the taxes they pay.

And to that end, there is no better time and place to express that displeasure or opposition than on Election Day, at the ballot box, or during the regular meetings of elected officials.

Our community, it should be noted, isn’t always known for its steady participation in elections or regular meetings, and this is unfortunate.

These avenues, the Editorial Board contends, are the most productive forum to communicate opinions on taxes, or any matters of public interest, and an even better place to prompt change.

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