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Letters to The Platteville Journal for Jan. 8
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Cut property taxes

State senators, representatives and the governor need to realize that tax reform is needed in Wisconsin, and that taxes should be based on income, ability to pay and fairness.

It is not fair that half of Wisconsin income, sales and property are exempt from taxes — which means others pay more.

It is not fair when some years farmers and businesses pay more in property taxes than they earn because property taxes are not based on income.

It is not fair that seniors are forced from their homes, church, community and state because the property tax is not based on ability to pay.

It is not fair when young families cannot qualify for a home loan when the tax is factored into payments.

If everyone paid income and sales taxes, the property tax could be eliminated and income and sales tax rates cut for all. Exemptions from a state tax should not exist as violates equal protection under the law.

When all pay the fairer income and sales tax we do not need the unfair Wisconsin property tax. Construction would boom, jobs would flourish and everyone would benefit by eliminating the Wisconsin property tax.

Gary Bahr

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