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I’m very concerned about the tax burden Missoula residents face. Specifically, I’m concerned about the property taxes people are paying.

In 2006, property taxes in the city of Missoula were $18.36 million. By 2014, those property taxes ballooned to $27.95 million a year.

Where is this money supposed to come from? I’ve got news for you – most people in Missoula are not making a lot of money. In fact, after going through those terrible recession years (which I firmly believe most are still in) many people make less money!

From 2006 to 2014 we’ve seen property taxes increase by 65.7 percent. How on earth can we justify this? And can anyone tell me where that money is going?

I don’t pay property taxes, but I’m smart enough to know that this affects me. My wages are stagnant and the only jobs coming here pay less than I make now.

What are we to do, Missoula? How can these problems be solved?

You’d think you could turn to political leadership on these issues, but I’m afraid they’ve done more to create the problem than anyone. After all, who decides that tax increases are even put onto the ballot to vote on in the first place?

And what use is our City Council when they cut back their meetings, refuse to challenge authority and stand for nothing? What does the City Council stand for?

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Alas, why even bother asking these questions? What good will it do? Our political “leadership” in Missoula decided a long time ago that what we think doesn’t matter. I don’t know about you, but that makes me sick to my stomach.

Greg Strandberg,

Missoula

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