Taxes pay for services county residents want
Re: “Tax increase was the wrong budget solution,” by Chris Tuck (April 28 commentary):
Why is a member of our Montgomery County Board of Supervisors trying to compare all of the counties in the 9th Congressional District as one? This type of narrow-minded view does not do justice to our culturally diverse counties, our special areas, rural localities and our citizens.
Yes, Montgomery County has twice the real-estate tax rate of Wythe County, but look at the difference in what our taxpayers want and expect versus other taxpayers in other counties. If the taxpayers and voters in Wythe County want the services that are provided with a 44-cent tax rate, then make it so. That is their right. And if that is what Tuck wants, then he should move there. You get what you pay for.
We in Montgomery County prefer a better school system with a higher percentage of graduated students and college acceptance rates, but that want comes with a price — higher teacher pay, advanced classes and high-tech schools, and that means higher taxes. The improved school system also draws more technical companies and jobs into our county, since business leaders want their children to graduate with the most opportunities in the New River Valley. Again something we want and will vote for, but not Tuck.
Rawlings lives in Montgomery County.