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Letter to the editor: Vote ‘no’ on Children’s Fund tax

November 12, 2018

On Nov. 6 Allegheny County voters are being urged by the group Our Kids. Our Commitment. (ourkidsourcommitment.org) to vote “yes” on an amendment to the Home Rule Charter of Allegheny County establishing a “special purpose Children’s Fund.” This sounds like an honorable and noble cause, and most compassionate people are concerned for the welfare of children.

It must be pointed out, however, that this fund would be financed by “adding 0.25 mills to the real estate tax rate” as quoted in Article XV, Section 2 of the amendment. The tax increase would be levied “effective January 1, 2019.” Additionally, once instituted, County Council would “not have the authority to reduce the additional 0.25 mills of property tax levied.” There are no restrictions on increasing the tax.

Once again, taxpayers are being asked to finance another government-sanctioned program. It is difficult to identify any cost-efficient and performance-correlated government program, especially one where the funding is guaranteed and irreversible. Therefore, it is in the best interest of those being tasked with paying the bill, especially retirees and those on fixed or limited incomes, to vote “no” on this amendment.

William Fedorka

Kilbuck

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