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June 24, 2013

High taxes discourage growth in community

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

Benjamin Franklin once said that death and taxes were life’s only two certain things.

In the case of New Castle, it is being taxed to death, which I think is preventing any major attractions or industries from coming, outside of Walmart, Subway or another dollar store.

According to Castle Realty’s website, a house on the market for $57,500 includes more than $1,900 a year in local real estate taxes. If you look at Butler, however, a house priced roughly the same is taxed at $973 a year, according to Howard Hanna’s website.

While I wasn’t here to see what forced New Castle’s big industries to close, all signs are pointing to excessive taxation in preventing any economic recovery.

Logically, it’s simple. Would you rather start a business or live in a city where you pay $1,000 less in taxes a year or would you want to pay more? It is no accident that New Castle’s population is shrinking while Butler’s is growing.

I believe this town can come back, but it is going to take the city council and school board to stand up and say that we can’t afford more taxes.

It will also take a community willing to see change. There’s no reason why traveling elsewhere to shop and work should be acceptable to any of us when we could be attracting surrounding communities here. It is better for our tax base if more people come in and contribute in some way.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’d rather have more people taxed less than fewer people being taxed more.

Sean Bracken

East Winter Avenue

New Castle

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