I agree with your editorial (Our Voice, July 13) regarding the need for additional funding for public safety in Benton County. However, I plan to vote against the public safety tax and here is why.
Several weeks ago, I received notice that my property assessment had been lowered. This mystifies me as I have noticed no change in property values in my neighborhood. In fact, some online resources show an increase in property values in my area.
If this proposal is approved, it will be funded via additional sales taxes. In view of the fact that my property assessment has been lowered, it appears that the tax burden is being shifted more and more to sales taxes.
Sales taxes are very regressive taxes, hitting those with the least amount of money the hardest. Washington state sales taxes are already very high. While $87 a year more might not seem like a lot to some of us, it is huge to families who already scrape by.
For these reasons, I will vote NO on this public safety funding proposal.
LILLIAN RANDY SLOVIC, Richland