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Dear Editor,

With a school board vote coming up on Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. at 120 Mackville Hill, it’s time for the taxpayers of Washington County to get their calculators out and thinking caps on.
Figure up what your personal tax increase will be if the school board votes for a tax levy of 57.1 cents on both real property and personal property. And ask yourself what “property” it is when we pay it on our electric, phone, long distance, car insurance or any other household bill we receive.
What justifies $5766 for “collections?”
At $142,500 for education, why are the students given a “grocery list” of items they need to bring to school?
Why is $20,357 in transportation required? Fuel is up, but that’s almost $2,000 a month. And $40,714 for plant maintenance is over $3,000 a month.
All the buildings have supposedly been updated and repaired. And this tax increase has nothing to do with the new multi-million dollar high school.
The school lunch program has been changed to a five-day alternating menu at each school, which should allow large savings from buying in bulk.
Maybe those savings could be applied to additional school supplies.
Today even medium income people have had to reduce and restrict their spending. And speaking from personal experience, people on very low fixed-income just don’t have any more cuts we can make.
I have antenna T.V. because it’s free. I use cistern water because I can’t afford to run the line from the meter to inside, and that would be one more payment I can’t afford to pay. My heat pump has been down for five years now because I can’t afford to replace it. My water pump hasn’t worked right in nearly three years.
My monthly bills exceed my income nearly every month, but no one votes to give me a raise. And when Social Security did, after two years, give a tiny increase, it caused my food stamps to go down.
I think the board needs an advisory group of poor folks to go over with them in their money-spending business.

Louise Reynolds
Hickory Camp Road

Dear Editor,

I would like to say to everyone that if you miss “Always...Patsy Cline” at the Opera House, shame on you.
Catherine Ball in the role of Patsy Cline with her great singing and her best friend and manager Louise, played by Lucinda (Boone) Effner, are quite a pair. A very good two hours of entertainment.
The band is really great. You will enjoy listening and watching them. They add so much to the show. Come see for yourself.

Ann Faye Sallee