Much has been written about the increase in the assessment of home values and the implied increases in taxes paid. I, too, have suffered an increase of 31 percent in home value and a 22 percent increase in taxes paid. But I have not read or heard anything about tax rates. I can understand the need to periodically increase property taxes by a small percentage, but not by 22 percent. For 2008, let's lobby for a large decrease in the tax rate since we cannot do much about values. There should be a large surplus in the county treasury.

Sydney C. James