To the editor:
The citizens of West Jordan are being asked to pay twice for road improvements in the city. Several years ago, the state provided funds for such improvements. These funds were used to build a new maintenance shop.Now the "road bond" election, scheduled for Oct. 4, seeks approval for funds for road improvements which the West Jordan citizens thought were already paid for.
The bond would obligate West Jordan to pay 8 percent interest for 20 years, requiring a 40 percent increase in West Jordan's property taxes. This means that a home with a total taxable value of $38,000 will have its tax increased from $86.34 a year to $120.87 a year.
In addition, effective Oct. 1, citizens of West Jordan will begin paying a 6 percent franchise tax on their utility bills. A family paying $200 a month for these utilities, will be paying $144 a year more after that date.
What's even worse is the fact that when the utility rates get raised, the amount of taxes paid also is raised. With this kind of taxation there is no way for the citizens to approve or disapprove the increases.
The franchise taxes charged to West Jordan merchants will also be passed on to the citizens who do business in our city. The total effect of this tax burden is difficult to measure.
Because of these massive tax increases, a group calling itself the Truly Concerned Citizens of West Jordan, gathered nearly 3,000 signatures protesting these actions. They presented the petitions to the City Council on July 28, 1988, which received them with no comment.
On Sept. 11, we asked a city councilman "Don't you pay any attention to petitions?" His response was, "Well, not really. They don't mean anything." He was then asked, "What do you do with them, throw them in the trash can?" The response was, "In a sense, yes."
Wayne Johnson, Lawrence Hunt,
DeWight Loosely, and Milton Bisseggar