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Sales tax increase bad alternative

By Staff | May 16, 2018

To the editor:

The proposed half-cent sales tax increase, to aid Lee County schools, discussed in the May 8 edition, is a bad alternative. A sales tax is a retrogressive tax. That is, while the few dollars extra cost per month has no effect on upper incomes and minimal effect on the middle-class, it can have serious consequences for the poor. For example, losing those few extra dollars per month can deprive the children of a poor family of an occasional glass of milk or an older poor person of a medical prescription. The logical alternative, proposed by Lee County Commissioner Frank Mann, is to reinstate all or part of the impact fee on new construction. Not to do so is another example of helping the affluent at the expense of the poor.

Robert and JoAnn Hilliard