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A new lockup or a lockdown?

| Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

Owning property in Fayette County may cost more in the very near future. The commissioners will soon make public the options concerning corrections at the county level. They will vote whether to build a new prison, renovate the current facility, buy a local building and convert it or do nothing at all.

Local media have been reporting about overcrowding and conditions that need to be improved at the current facility. Hit the rewind button to 2011.

That year, the burden placed on property owners was 3.51 mills. After the election of the 2012 commissioners, Al Ambrosini and Vince Zapotosky voted to raise the burden of property ownership to 4.51 mills, an increase of 28.49 percent.

An increase of that magnitude will have an adverse affect on the value of property. An increase of one mill may sound like a small amount, but one mill equates to $4 million of property owners' money, which will now be expended by these same commissioners.

The addition of debt on overtaxed property owners is not in the best interest of the county.

Fayette County is one of the poorest counties in the state, and it is time for the commissioners to look within the budget and find the money necessary to renovate the current facility and provide for overcrowding with a solution that will not burden property owners with higher taxes.

Ed Zadylak

Connellsville

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