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I am writing this letter in response to the upcoming vote to raise taxes in the city of Mission at the meeting on Monday, September 14, 2020.  I have a question for the city.  Why would the City Council of Mission want to raise taxes in the middle of a pandemic when so many people are hurting? 

 Many businesses are struggling, or in some cases have closed their doors for good.  Many people are unemployed or under financial strain.  Not everyone qualifies for aid or assistance from the government. 

Even our very polarized federal government of both Democrats and Republicans worked together at some level to offer some support to citizens of this country.  And Mission has done the opposite. It chooses to tax us. 

I am not trying to argue about the pros and cons of the budget.  I understand some of our city employees, like police and fire, do not make the same as other neighboring cities. What I question is the timing.  WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC!! How about waiting a year? Or even 6 months when more of the city’s businesses have bounced back and can better bare the tax burden placed on them.

Try to explain why city employees deserve a pay raise when other people have had to close their business.  Here is an example.  You have a thriving business for over ten years. Not getting rich, but making a living. The problem?  You rent tuxedos for a living. Think about that. When will you be able to open again? 6 months? 1 year? 2 years?  Essential vs Non-essential.  Haves vs have nots.  Does the city council think that the only people it serves are its employees?  What about the rest of us?

Property taxes are already going up because land values have gone up like they have every year. So that means the city will see an increase in tax dollars from that. And yet they still pile on their own tax increase. Talk about kicking somebody when they are down. Has the Mission City Council lost touch with its citizens?  It would appear so. I am not writing this letter just for myself; I am concerned about all of our citizens, especially the most unfortunate among us who have been the hardest hit by this pandemic.


Dr. Kevin Sparks

Lifelong resident of Mission

1 Comment

  1. Dorothy Prukop on September 12, 2020 at 12:41 pm

    I agree with Dr. Sparks. The citizens do not need a tax increase. We have to take care of our needs with a limited budget esp. those on fixed incomes. Please table this item and go back to the table to cancel the PSI project which is too costly. This could release monies for salaries and cancel a tax increase. The Public never had a say about PSI which must be someone’s pet project!! Do I hear a YES to cancellation??

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