Public Forum

Council spending habits worrisome

To the editor:

I have been thinking about writing this letter for a week and finally decided to get this off of my chest. I am a working man, using my hands my entire life. I’m not rich and not highly educated, but I have a very important question to air.

If we don’t have any money to fix North Seventh Street, why is the city spending thousands to promote a new hotel complex to go along with the city-funded recreational facility by the new high school?

From the two articles I have read in your paper, the city spent $20,000 on a study and is proposing another study for even more money. That could have been more wisely spent on North Seventh Street. I cannot believe the spending habits of the council and as a taxpayer, I am worried.

Dale Scholten


Determine where tax dollars going

To the editor:

In 2003 Representative Roscoe Bartlett, Republican – Maryland, introduced a bill in Congress to move the tax filing deadline from April 15 to the first Monday in November, the day before Election Day. He believed that moving the tax filing deadline would remind voters that they are taxpayers who bear the burden of paying for the society they live in, and taxpayers that they are voters who have the power to affect where their money goes. Obviously Representative Bartlett’s bill died in Congress as today Tax Day and Election Day remain almost as far apart as they possibly can be.

However, on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Election Day and Tax Day WILL fall on the same day right here in Marshall. That day Marshall voters AND taxpayers will decide the fate of a Marshall Public Schools bond referendum in a special election. Please consider the proposals carefully and then fulfill your civic duty on Election/Tax day to determine where your tax dollars will go.

David J. Gau