Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

This Tax Solution Could Alleviate Some Fear of Amazon

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

This Tax Solution Could Alleviate Some Fear of Amazon

Article excerpt

Based on a recent PG editorial as well as Ron Kasper's letter (May 6, "HQ2 and Seniors"), there seems to be a considerable concern that property values and consequently property taxes will skyrocket should Amazon select Pittsburgh as the site of its second headquarters. The fear is that rising values and taxes might put an undue burden on homeowners with fixed incomes, specifically senior citizens.

A simple solution that might alleviate these concerns would be to allow the potentially affected senior citizens to apply for a property tax freeze so that any payments of future tax increase amounts could be postponed until ownership of the property changes hands. At that point, the amount of the tax increases (plus interest) would be paid from the proceeds of the sale of the then-higher-valued property.

MATT MATESIC

Franklin Park

Yes, vote by mail

I couldn't agree more with the letter about Oregon voting by mail (May 8, "We Should Vote the Oregon Way: By Mail").It looks like a much better way to vote.

I am disabled, and for this primary and the special District 18 congressional election, my absentee ballot was not sent to me in time to vote. I am being denied my right to vote, and I have voted in every election since 1972.

If all of us voted by mail, the outdated way of absentee voting would go the way of the horse and buggy. Pennsylvania could come into the 21st century, instead of maintaining the ridiculous system we now have, where you must preregister to get your absentee ballot. Plus, the absentee ballots would be counted, instead of held for a close count, like the one for the District 18 election. We would have a fair count after all.

By the way, can anyone tell me why the absentee ballots are taking so long to get to us in Washington County? I would love to know.

LINDA BEAR

Canton

Reject DSA game

This year, there will be a chance for Democrats to take seats across this great country and across the state. We have record numbers of challengers running in Republican strongholds, and we just worked to push Conor Lamb over the finish line for Congress. We are frustrated with the current Republican regime, and we are showing it. …

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