Byron and I drove to our county seat today to pay our taxes and we did so with a smile. WHY, you say ? Because we are grateful that :
…..we own property when so many don’t
…..we have vehicles that get us there and back
…..we have law enforcement who protect us from the ” bad guys ”
…..we have fire departments that , heaven forbid, respond if needed
…..we have emergency responders who save lives , maybe ours one day
…..we have county/city employees who clean, repair, and maintain our public spaces
…..and we have city/county office staff who keep our county running day by day
…..we have local officials that we elect who make tough decisions day in and day out—-and never satisfy everybody
…..we have schools that do more than educate our children ; they ensure the quality of life in our community
…..we have the freedom to NOT own property and therefore pay no property taxes
…..and others to ponder .
And add to that the friendly, professional , and efficient staff in the Tax Commissioner’s office.
DISCLAIMER : my smiles are for property taxes at the local level. As a non-partisan, moderate independent, I find the situation at the national level , at the very least, disheartening. Adults who are elected to represent their constituency in all matters, including, but not limited to, spending, but instead spend their time in-fighting over agendas, give me no reason to smile. Enough said !
But let me be clear. I believe that the value received for our local tax money far outweighs the amount paid. In other words, IT’S A DEAL…………………..