Letter: Tax relief would also be welcomed

Graphic by Lori Deaton

[Regarding “Buncombe Approves $17 Minimum Wage for County Staff,” May 25, Xpress:] It’s great that county government employees get a $2/hour raise and likely a $2.70/hour raise. I’m sure the hardworking peeps deserve it.

Most workers in the county, however, do not work for the county. This majority is struggling as much or more than Buncombe County employees, but instead of getting a raise, they get to collectively pay $5.1 million in taxes in addition to what they are already paying.

What has the county done to reduce taxes for these hardworking citizens? Where is the two-year study that produced a compensatory $5.1 million reduction in taxes for Buncombe County citizens? I’m pretty sure that tax relief will be welcomed “without a note of dissent.”

— Mark Tullis


Thanks for reading through to the end…

We share your inclination to get the whole story. For the past 25 years, Xpress has been committed to in-depth, balanced reporting about the greater Asheville area. We want everyone to have access to our stories. That’s a big part of why we've never charged for the paper or put up a paywall.

We’re pretty sure that you know journalism faces big challenges these days. Advertising no longer pays the whole cost. Media outlets around the country are asking their readers to chip in. Xpress needs help, too. We hope you’ll consider signing up to be a member of Xpress. For as little as $5 a month — the cost of a craft beer or kombucha — you can help keep local journalism strong. It only takes a moment.

About Letters
We want to hear from you! Send your letters and commentary to letters@mountainx.com

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

One thought on “Letter: Tax relief would also be welcomed

  1. WNC

    Buncombe should have lowered real taxes as their income skyrocketed but not so. They want to tax you to pay for their favorite “non profit “ .

    Everyone knows non profits are an industry right.
    Just like good ol Mission Hospital was a nonprofit

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.