By The (Gulfport) Sun Herald:
The Picayune Item
Editor, As I listen to all the rhetoric about whether to increase taxes in order to meet the budget request, I am concerned that we would ever think about raising taxes to meet a county budget that increasing year after year. Lets go back 30 or 40 years when times were better. Every time the county needed more money they just raised the millage rate to meet their needs. This has gone on for years and now when the whole country is in a severe recession, they have the millage rates so high that any increase is going to hurt a lot of people.
I challenge the supervisors to look around the county, a lot of people are hurting.
What this county needs is to bite the bullet and do what the rest of us in the county are having to do, adjust your spending to your income. With appraisals on property being down, our elected officials should have seen the loss of tax revenue coming.
As a property owner, I humbly and prayerfully ask this board not to increase taxes on Pearl River County citizens. We can do with less.