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Armstrong County's taxing commissioners

| Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, 8:57 p.m.

Once again the taxpayers of Armstrong County are being hammered with a property tax increase.

The current commissioners — they're all leaving office — are sticking us and the three new commissioners with a 17 percent tax increase. Didn't the three new commissioners run on a platform of property tax reduction? Two of them have said they want to reopen the 2016 budget when they get into office. Let's see if they live up to their word.

Just once, I'd like to see property owners get a tax reduction.

The taxpayers don't want to hear about the county health care cost increases. Has anyone noticed Allegheny Technologies employees are locked out from their jobs for just trying to keep the benefits they have earned over the last 70 years?

The taxpayers don't want to hear about county workers' wage increases. Have the majority of people in this county received a raise?

The taxpayers also don't want to hear about the fiasco at the county jail. Our insurance company and the negligent county employees responsible should be held liable, not the taxpayers.

It's a good thing I am not worthy of public office, because the first thing I would do would be to cut property taxes in half. I would appoint a single judge to hear property tax appeals and re-assessments. Hopefully, this judge would be an advocate for the property taxpayer.

Barry L. Phillips

Parks

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