While reading the Belleville News-Democrat on April 19, concerning the property tax increase of $70 per $100,000 of home value, I was generally calm and accepting as taxes are a part of life. However, as I continued onto page 2 and read that the Mayor of Belleville choose to highlight only one reason for this increase in property taxes — property tax breaks for disabled veterans with 70 percent or higher ratings — I became disheartened, disgusted, and then livid! How despicable that the Mayor of Belleville tries to pit taxpayers against disabled veterans!
This tax break for disabled veterans is only a very, very small reason for the property tax increase. How about the millions of dollars of tax incentives, property tax rebates, sales tax exemptions, tax increment financing, etc. dollars which are given continuously to developers, companies, corporations, colleges, etc. by the city. Who makes up for these tax breaks? The answer to this question is “we the people” through higher taxes — property taxes, sales taxes, wheel taxes, etc. So the real question is, “Who should get a tax break — disabled veterans or big, profitable developers, companies, corporations, etc.?” The answer is very simple — you stand for the people, the voters, the taxpayers, the veterans or you stand for “corporate welfare.”
Hal Inabinet, Belleville