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State candidates speak about tax relief, time

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Local candidates weren't the only ones to speak at the political forum hosted by the Clay County Chamber of Commerce and Farm Bureau Wednesday night.

Candidates for State Representatives in districts 43, 44 and 46 were on hand to address issues, particularly for property taxes.

Both Clyde Kersey (D-Dist. 43) and Vern Tincher (D-Dist. 46) said House Bill 1001, which provides property tax relief needs to be reworked in the next session, but Amos Thomas (R-Dist. 44) said it needed to be passed because of time restraints.

"We received the version that passed at about 2:30 p.m., on the final day of the session," he said. "It was either pass property tax relief now and make changes later or have no relief at all."

One question asked Kersey if he would be in favor of capping all property taxes at 1.5 percent of assessed values instead of the varying percentages depending on the type of property.

"That would be more fair, especially in providing funds for local schools and governments," he said. "With the current bill, counties will eventually have to raise the Local Option Income Tax and it would put the wrath of the residents on them."

Another question asked if it would be wise to repeal the law which allows teacher contracts to remain intact until new ones are in place.

"I think it would be foolish to repeal it unless it is replaced with something else," Tincher said. "We would need to have an impact resolution to help prevent unions from striking."

Kersey said a good way to solve the problem would to make sure binding arbitration is in place, but was unsure about repealing the law, as was Thomas.

"My first impression tells me it would create chaos," he said.

The issue all of the candidates put their two cents in on regarded whether or not they were in favor of Daylight Savings Time.

"It is hard to say one way or another because you can't please everyone," Bob Heaton (R-Dist. 46) said. "Everyone seems to have their own gripes about it."

Rick Thompson (R-Dist. 44) said he was not in favor of it because of school-aged children.

"I see kids getting on the bus in the dark and it can be dangerous," he said. "My wife is a nurse and sees children come in with injuries because they were out in the street waiting for their bus, and I'd like to see it go back to the way it was."

The candidates also emphasized having the entire state on the same time.

"It has confused the whole state," Former Greencastle Mayor Nancy Michael (D-Dist. 44) said. "I don't think it has benefited us at all and I hate it."

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Well, I've decided:




-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Thu, Apr 17, 2008, at 10:43 AM

Are they all in the same district???

-- Posted by madmom61 on Thu, Apr 17, 2008, at 11:24 AM

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