Remember the reason for Christmas
As we approach Christmas it seems we should remember the reason we have Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ as recorded in the Bible in Luke 2. But the secular world has replaced the real meaning of Christmas with activities and business of the season. Christmas vacation has been replaced with holiday vacation by many schools and businesses. Many schools no longer have Christmas programs but holiday programs.
And some like atheist Mickey Weinstein not only want to eliminate Christmas but also all reference to the Bible and Christianity in our society including crosses at National Monuments and chapels. There seems to be a concerted effort by some in the Obama Administration to make America a Godless nation and silence Biblical Christianity. We should not allow the anti-God philosophy to take control as some who are trying to eliminate Christmas.
We who are Christians want to remember the reason for the season. America’s Founding Fathers were mostly men of God and they anchored our nation on Bible teachings including the Ten Commandments. So let’s remember Jesus’ birth on Christmas, Dec. 25, 2013.
Street project’s impact on property taxes
I am writing this letter to the editor because I think an excellent way to carry out your stated business purpose “The newspaper that cares about Appanoose County” would be to obtain and publish the costs in the real estate tax increase for all of the real estate taxpayers of Centerville to pay three-fourths of the $4,371.562 estimated cost for street improvements on North 10th and East and West State Streets.
It is obvious that $3,000,000 worth of general obligation bonds which must be paid by all Centerville taxpayers will cause a significant increase in property tax in order to service this bonded indebtedness.
Please obtain and publish the estimated real estate tax increase for all of the residential, commercial and industrial real estate taxpayers. Each of those categories in entitled to know how much their tax increase will be in order to payoff the $3,000,000. These general obligation bonds are, in effect, a lien on all of the taxable real estate within the city limits. There is also the 10 percent Special Assessment Bond issue and remember the 90 percent of the $3,000,000 paid by every real estate taxpayer.
I have consulted the city assessor and other officials and, as of this date, the amount of the real estate tax increase has not been estimated for an average household, for an industry or a commercial property. You would do a great service, and certainly carry out your stated purpose, if you would obtain and publish the amount of tax increase these categories would pay and it should be possible for each taxpayer to obtain estimates of their share of these costs.
Remember,this real estate tax increase will effect, not just the real estate property owners in Centerville, but everyone who shops here or is employed here.
The Iowegian would be helpful to all property owners if they would urge the real estate property tax holders and help formulate a method whereby a taxpayer, whether it be individual, residential, commercial or industrial, could obtain a reasonable estimate of the cost to them of this project which in total will easily be $4,371,562.
Very truly yours,
James G. Milani