This letter is in response to "Some suggestions for the city," a letter to the editor by Pamela Finley on March 14.
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The proposal for replacing the current sales tax exemption for seniors with a sales tax exemption for lower-income people of all ages has major problems.
Taxes should be easily administered. Decisions on who qualifies under a proposal such as this would be difficult and require staff to fairly administer. The economic position of people changes throughout the year. If they obtained a better job, their situation would change. Lost their job it would change. The current exemption is easy to administer and the seniors do not change their status.
Sales tax is a major revenue source and the proposed exemption would very likely expand the number of persons taking advantage of the exemption and there for be an even greater loss of revenue.
Senior citizens are not large consumers of borough services. Seniors don't typically have children in schools and they are unlikely to be causes for police activities.
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