Bellevue's income tax ordinance for out of town workers is an unfair burden for many reasons: state of the economy; increase in the cost of living; different tax rates for different citizens; increased taxes on a minority of tax payers; and only four citizens (council members) out of 3,037 possible voters deciding to remove around $400,000 from out-of-town worker's pocketbooks.
The mayor stated at the last council meeting that citizens want help with flooding, but others want no tax increase. Yes, flooding in Bellevue is an issue, but several times I have heard the mayor and city service director state at council meetings that all water and sewer problems are paid from the fees all citizens pay in their water bills, not from the general fund. If that is true, that means money collected from out-of-town workers will not be used to correct flooding issues.
If money needs to be raised, let's do it across the entire population. We want a fair tax so that everyone who lives in and receives services from the city shares the burden of that tax.
At 7:30 p.m. on April 14, city council will hear the final reading for the out-of-town-worker tax increase ordinance.
The second ordinance before council is for annexation of land in Lyme Township. If Bellevue can't handle what we operate now, should Bellevue be adding more miles of water and sewer lines to Lyme Township. This money for expansion might be better spent fixing in-town water problems. I know city council is trying to be progressive to draw manufacturing to Bellevue. This effort is trying to increase job opportunities for our citizens.
Gerald C. Flegal