To the editor:
I hear all the time how some folks complain about not being able to deduct the soon-to-be $150 tax for capital projects, but I have my doubts that this is even an issue for most folks. I have owned my home here for nearly a decade, so I can use schedule A of the IRS forms to deduct the mortgage interest, the property taxes and several other allowances, but I can't remember the last time I exceeded the alternative deduction allowed by the IRS. My gut feeling is many, many homeowners take the same deduction as I do, so I tend not to give that argument much weight. Maybe those that want to present such an excuse should do so under oath and swear they are truly losing that deduction. I'd wager that the number who are truthful would be pitifully small.
As for the new tax I would ask those who don't want to pay for paving the bad roads in the north Cape, who is paying to pave Everest Parkway, or Palaco Grade, or all the other roads in the south Cape? To follow the logic of these complainers we should apply another impact fee to the owners only on Everest, or any other road in the south Cape! The people who paid the impact fees in north Cape deserve the same roads as everyone else in our city.
D. A. Kenney