To the editor:
After reading the article about taxes for annexation, I have to agree with Joe Corbin’s question, what does he get for the additional taxes?
Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers said they will get trash service — which is not free — and you already have some sort of service for that now. Recycling — some recycle, some don’t. Snow plowing — the county handles it, and Greenwood is getting slower and slower at snow removal and has annexed areas and has not kept up with removal equipment. Limb pickup is offered, but has gone from about every 10 days between pickups to as long as 21 to 25 days.
The idea of more frequent police patrols is laughable, since the area where I live was annexed years ago, and I cannot recall any police presence added. In fact, as someone home daily, I can’t say I have ever seen a police car drive through this addition unless going to visit someone.
My addition didn’t want to be annexed, but we got a couple of street lights and fought for years to get one at the end of the street meeting Main Street.
All that happened was higher taxes, a vote for city government and a swap of services we currently had from the county to the city. There was nothing offered that we didn’t have.
So, Mr. Corbin, keep asking that question, what do you get in return, because there is no good answer. Sadly, you will be forced into the city, and if it happens, please use your voice to challenge the city government when you don’t agree.
Sadly, I see the current administration spending money like a drunken sailor, and the only way to keep up is to raise taxes and take in as much property as possible for another tax source.