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Lincoln Daily News.com
601 Keokuk St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

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The mission of Lincoln Daily News is to tell the stories of Logan County in a contemporaneous manner, with lively writing and a predilection for simple truth fairly told. Lincoln Daily News seeks a relationship with the good people of Logan County that is honest, neighborly and never patronizing. Lincoln Daily News presents news within a full context that contributes to understanding. Lincoln Daily News is more interested in the marketplace of ideas than the competition of personalities. Without shrinking from the bold delivery of unvarnished fact, Lincoln Daily News operates from the premise that God's creatures deserve the presumption of right motive. Lincoln Daily News eschews malice and cynicism; it approaches every person with dignity and every subject with equanimity. In short, Lincoln Daily News informs, stimulates and entertains.


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The Lincoln Daily News publishes letters to the editor as they are received.
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Lincoln Daily News
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No new taxes

To the editor:

This letter is in response to the news last Wednesday [Nov. 13] that Mayor Beth Davis and the Lincoln city aldermen are preparing for another attempt to raise the sales tax again. My question to them is, what part of "no" is it that they donít understand. The voters of Lincoln gave an astounding mandate in their rejection of the councilís attempt to raise the sales tax earlier this month. In essence the people spoke "loud and clear" that they are not interested in having their taxes raised.

By the way, an estimated $550,000 tax increase for the city of Lincoln during these difficult times is not good for Lincoln or its citizens, and it displays a lack of compassion on the part of the mayor and the city council members to the many people in our community who are suffering and hurting at this time, in my opinion.

In addition to this, please remember that the city of Lincoln lost over 12 percent, or 2,000, of its residents, according to the last census (in 2000), and after the closure of LDC, God only knows how many residents are left. My point is, how can Mayor Beth Davis, and the city aldermen justify maintaining the same levels of manpower throughout the many city departments while losing residents and no real hope for any immediate increase. Do they really believe that higher taxes will draw new businesses, new industry or any new residents?

How many businesses do you think after losing 12 percent or 2,000 of their customers would not be reducing staff and cutting every available operating expense? They sure wouldnít be raising their prices during such a crisis.

After all, the city is a business, and the mayor and aldermen are our representatives, and they are supposed to follow our wishes. Why then are they trying to circumvent us now by not accepting the results from the election earlier this month, which they themselves asked for? Is it because they donít like the results?


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Now look at what Mayor Davis and the city council have already done to us in the way of raising several fees this year. They raised the city sewerage bills to $56, and we will be receiving another fee increase in our sewerage bill next year. The city of Lincoln stopped paying for the city fire hydrants to the local water company and then transferred the $350,000 fees to each city water customer and local resident. This transfer resulted in an increase of 18 percent, or $6.26 per bill, for each city resident. We can expect another 13 percent increase in our water bills next year. If these fee increases during this year arenít enough for you, this same group of city representatives allowed the local cable company to increase their rates without even a whisper of a complaint. These cost increases are a lot to absorb in one year.

When you add the $620,000 loan from the State Bank of Lincoln to the $350,000 of new money received by the city council when the city stopped paying the fire hydrant fees to the water company earlier this year, it leaves an increase of almost a million dollars in new operating money for the city.

We were not allowed to vote on any of the fee increases above, but when given the opportunity to voice our opinions regarding the sales tax increase this November, we spoke "loud and clear," and it is this writerís opinion that Lincoln City Hall will receive the same resounding defeat in the spring election, regarding this higher tax, just like they did this month.

I believe it is also important to point out to the Lincoln voters that the sales tax increase would affect every gallon of gas by at least one or two cents for each gallon of gas purchased. Few citizens are aware that sales tax is included in the final gas price at the pump, and it has always been that way. So, if you want to pay higher gasoline prices in Lincoln, then you should vote "yes" and support this higher sales tax issue in the spring election.

Les Van Bibber


(posted 11-23-02)

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