The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update


April 17, 2013

Viewpoint: Wheel tax should not be added to seniors’ burden

The poor will always be with us. Those on a fixed income are having problems making ends meet.

Some seniors have to choose between purchasing food and medicine. They should not have to be forced to worry about paying a wheel tax.

Let’s face it, they should not have a car. After all, even if they were able to afford the gas, they could not pay for any medicine that their doctor prescribed. Besides, surely someone from church could take them to the grocery store once a month, when their Social Security check arrives.

What is $2.08 per month to these seniors? After all, even the big 18-wheelers owned by the large tax-abated companies must pay $3.75 per month. Maybe the Madison County Council can find a way to reverse these fees as was done with the utility rates.

These are the same companies that are cutting employees’ hours to 30 or less a week so as to avoid the employee benefits issue. It’s not just seniors that are having a hard time making ends meet these days.

Sure it would be great if everyone could enjoy nice three-lane highways like the one on 67th Street that goes just north of Nestlé. After all, there are so many people who travel that road.

Now state Sen. Dave Long, from Fort Wayne, feels that the state should withhold tax dollars from those 45 counties who elected not to participate in this unfair wheel tax. He feels we must have “some skin in the game.” Skin in the game? Those are our tax dollars you have threatened to withhold. Isn’t that “skin” enough?

To Sen. Long, and those on the County Council, I am reminded of a line used in the McCarthy Hearings in the 1950s. “You have done enough; have you no sense of decency?” I’m sure everyone agrees that we have enough poor people without their help.

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