To the Editor,
The poor economy is affecting everyone.
I sat at my desk the other day looking over my property tax bills. If I am not mistaken, Robeson County and the city of Lumberton have some of the highest property taxes in the state. Along with the tax bills comes the articles concerning the discretionary funds and salaries of our county commissioners.
I am very concerned about how our taxes are being allocated and spent. Our schools are in great need, teachers are having to work even harder with larger classes, no assistants, and limited books and supplies. I am well aware that most teachers spend several hundred dollars of personal money in order to equip their classrooms.
To think that we give each county commissioner $40,000 a year to hand out without oversight is appalling. To add to that, their salaries and expenses are reported to be some of the highest in the state. Most counties in the state do not give out discretionary funds at all. Right now, as reported, our county commissioners have $389,773 of our tax dollars in their discretionary funds.
How many teachers would that allow us to hire? How many taxpayers could use a cut in their property taxes? My belief is that tax dollars, each and every one of them, should be treated with the respect that the earners deserve. Tax dollars should never be spent without careful planning and agreement from our elected leaders that they are being spent wisely.
I am sick to death of our leaders from the county to the federal government thinking our hard-earned dollars are slush funds for them to buy votes, attend lavish conferences, give to those that don’t deserve, etc., etc.
It is time to vote out any politician who sees fit to waste even one tax dollar,