Where does the NPCCC stand on the utility tax increase?

It was interesting that a representative of the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce, which significantly supported (Oro Valley mayor and council members) Hiremath, Hornat, Snider and Waters, did not speak about the 2-percent utility tax increase at the May 4th town meeting.  The NPCCC is apparently blind to the negative affect the 2-percent utility tax increase will have on the business community of Oro Valley.

Mr. Paul Parasi, past Oro Valley council member and an active member of the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, spoke against the 2-percent utility tax increase. He has the experience to understand the negative impact on the Oro Valley business community, when taxes are raised. He has observed what happens in Tucson. So are we following the Tucson plan, which has failed the business community? I wonder where the NPCCC weighs in on this issue?

Geri Ottoboni, Oro Valley

Editor’s note: The Explorer will ask the NPCCC and report its response in next week’s paper.

Need more co-sponsors to pass HR 25, the Fair Tax Act bill

One of your readers wrote in The Explorer (April 27, 2011) that “The Fair Tax Act Sounds Fair...” and he was so very right. Having read the important little paperback, “Fair Tax: The Truth: Answering the Critics,” I have gotten really excited about the possibility of replacing all federal income taxes with one simple sales tax. If HR 25 passed into law, it would rid us of the IRS and its impossibly complex 70,000 pages of law allowing politicians and their lobbyists to manipulate us for their own benefit rather than for the general welfare.

This FairTax law would allow workers to take home 100 percent of their paycheck; that’s right, no withholding, no filing of income taxes, no capital gains, inheritance or payroll taxes of any kind; and no need for a tax accountant’s help. April 15 becomes just another spring day.

To replace all the confusion and waste of time around the income tax, a 23-percent sales tax would be paid on new goods and services by all of us who buy in U.S., whether we are citizens or not. Since there are no corporation taxes either, the new goods can be put on the shelves much cheaper than before HR 25, so the 23-percent sales tax will hardly be noticed as part of the purchase price.

Earlier I wrote to our beloved Congressional representative for District 8, Gabby Giffords. And, very sadly, the response I got back made it clear that she, like many other politicians, was biased against this fair law because they would lose their power to use tax law to shape social policy. Certainly the purpose of taxes is not to manipulatively shape social policy.

Since our representatives may well be biased against such a fair tax law, it is important that we inform ourselves of the FairTax (www.fairtax.org). Then write, phone and email our specific Congressional representative making clear how fed up we are with the old unfair and fraud-inviting system. There are already 60 co-sponsors of this historic bill, but we need 218.

With the sharp and deliberative President we now have and with realizing serious changes have to be made, maybe, just maybe we can get this important change made this time around!


Stephen Uhl, Oro Valley

Supports tall steeple for Saint Mark Catholic church

Recently I’ve heard Oro Valley has been discussing with Saint Mark Catholic Church, 2727 West Tangerine Road, on height restriction. The new steeple was proposed as 45 feet tall but some nearby have voiced their concern. I understand a new, large building in a relatively low-density area can have a large impact, but a new church should make the neighbors feel good. Especially since this church has already created bonds with this community. The town is growing so shouldn’t its houses of worship that are bursting at the seams also grow?

I’ve seen the design and it looks beautiful. Why would anybody try and stop that? Maybe the neighbors should talk to the church instead of trying to have the town stop its growth. The small church has finally decided to grow. Shouldn’t its neighbors be happy for them? Churches in neighborhoods could only help property values, especially beautiful ones. Oro Valley is growing and allowing a church to open should be part of that growth.

Tangerine Road has sign after sign of “Church Coming Soon,” so wouldn’t it be nice to see one actually be built and become a center of the community as many others have? I think so.

Sergio Mendez, Catalina

Editor’s note: At its May 4th meeting, the Oro Valley Town Council rejected the request to allow zoning for a 45-foot-tall steeple; however, it approved a height restriction for a tower of 35 feet, up from the existing 18-foot restriction. See the related story on page 5 of today’s paper.

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