John B. Hagler: Bond hurts elderly on fixed incomes

August 31, 2013 

Bond hurts elderly

I have mixed emotions about the school bond issue. As a military veteran in my 80s on a fixed income I feel like the vote on the education bond is unwarranted because there should already be enough funds in the coffers since the property reevaluation of 2008.

I started purchasing our $16,000 house in 1964 and struggled to get the note paid off. Gradually however, taxes have increased in order to pay for various bonds and services. In 2000 the value of the land on which our house sits was valued at $75,000. At the last evaluation in 2008 it was appraised to be $206,550.

It’s a real struggle to pay our taxes without adding another bond, regardless the reason, and I will not sell. I just don’t know what to do.

John B. Hagler

Raleigh

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