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Economic development, high taxes don't mix

Feb. 17, 2009

Public Forum:

I must compliment the city of Cudahy for creating a brand new position, economic development director, at taxpayers' expense. However, one must question whether throwing out more of the taxpayers' money is the best answer in light of the large price hikes that many business property owners experienced in 2008.

As a resident of a single-family dwelling, I was shocked at the huge increase in property taxes - approximately 20 percent - simply because the land my homes sits on is in a business district.

The property next to mine was once a business; today it remains unoccupied and for sale.

I certainly don't have the extensive education as the newly installed economic development director has, nor do I have a salary of $80,000 annually. However, I do know that extensive economic development can never happen as long as the city of Cudahy extensively raises property taxes for land located in the business area.

Thomas V. Brunner



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