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February 18, 2013

Letter: Seniors not seeing tax benefits

Seniors, where are your tax dollars going? And, where is your donation to the United Way helping you?

In the late 1970s, a group of seniors held a demonstration in Anderson. A building downtown was used for a Senior Center.

In 1980, under another mayoral administration, the senior group was moved to the 101 E. Oak St. Anderson Community Center. Little effort was made to maintain the building and, under Mayor Smith’s administration, it was condemned.

Could it have been saved? Yes!

Five senior groups, including The Pal Club and a karate club (with 500 members), had to move with only one week’s notice.

For a long time, the United Way gave $40,000 annually to the Rangeline Senior Center. Today, the Center does not receive any funds from United Way.

The City of Anderson should allot Rangeline Community Center some of our tax dollars. Considering all the taxes we seniors pay each year, we should be given more than the token relief received from West Side Geater Center.

What happened to the kids who were forced to leave the closed Oak Street Center? I would consider a tax revolt; however, too many people in other groups would be hurt.

We should all turn to God, and we should love one another.

Robert “Bob” Hoover

Anderson

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