Indian Trail, This and that

There is never a good time to increase taxes. Whenever a tax increase is suggested it is always opposed.

Indian Trail has increased the taxes by 27 percent, which is 4 cents per $100. That means your tax bill will increase $80 if your property value is $200,000, and $120 if your property value is $300,000. That $80 or $120 will most likely pay for the park bond and more. The garbage disposal services will be upgraded. We will get one 96-gallon can for solid waste (weekly), another 96-gallons for recyclables, no need to sort (bi-weekly). You will also get a third can if required for your yard waste, otherwise it will have to be bundled. There will also be a special service for the schools. All town events and parks will be served at no additional cost. The portable restrooms will be supplied for events at no extra costs.

Indian Trail is still by far the most inexpensive town in which to live in North Carolina. We have 31 town employees. Comparatively Monroe, now a smaller town than Indian Trail, has between 300 and 400 town employees. In short: You get a lot of bang for your bucks in Indian Trail.

Some people are never satisfied and complain that the Indian Trail administration is too large, the taxes too high and that the town wastes money on park events. Frequently they address the town council with all sorts of complaints. The fact is you can never get anything for nothing. The town council can’t favor one group over what serves the residents as a whole. My view is that Indian Trail has administered the tax money very well and to the benefit of all Indian Trail citizens.

Severin Jacobsen
Indian Trail

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  1. Portable restrooms are provided at no extra cost. I did not know I was paying for them to begin with! Why not build real restrooms when the Crossing Paths Park was first built ? Monroe has more town staff than Indian Trail and it shows!

    Monroe has a successful infrastructure, Indian Trail does not. How many law enforcement officers does Monroe have compared to Indian Trail? How many industrial businesses does Monroe have compared to Indian Trail? Mr. Jacobsen, I would be glad to debate you about this anytime.

  2. I’m glad there are those who are financially well off and are not impacted by this tax increase, or the several increases in the past seven years. Or the probable future tax increases next year and perhaps thereafter. Not all IT citizens are so fortunate, such as those senior citizens living primarily or solely on social security. Some will at some point be taxed out of their homes because of these increases, as I’ve seen occur in Charlotte. Yet no one on our town council speaks to senior citizen’s concerns. I think we need at least one councilman to represent senior citizens issues so that this segment of our town is not ignored.

  3. Thanks Jim. I agree. I have seen taxes increase AS WELL AS prices of almost everything. And in this depression to boot. Why? My salary hasnt increased. Not one bit. Like you said, glad to see someone isnt affected by this increase, the rest of us are though.

  4. In addition to the tax rate increase, we also have the $7 million road bond and $10 million Monroe Rd. bond passed last year that haven’t been used. If / when they are, there is a tax rate increase provision within the wording of those bonds which could be used to pay for the debt service. Also, the council has voted to place an $8.5 million bond on this November’s ballot which will have the same provision for a tax increase. Now, some will say that the payment of debt for bonds can be paid with the new tax increase since it is dedicated for “capital improvements”, which is correct, but at any time if that limited fund becomes stretched, the provision of a tax increase to cover that bond can be initiated.
    On top of the tax increase, there is the payment on $25.5 million in debt that could eventually be added to it. That’s not counting the soon-to-be $4million in debt we are about to have (council is buying the land for a 150 acre park… before the bond vote)
    It can be summed up in one word, “progress”. Not quite what many think progress should be.
    We need our retired folks, our people who have lived here for a long time and our newcomers who value fiscally conservative principles to get involved, if only to pay closer attention and inform others.