Readers Write: June 30

Letter on frozen assessments ill-informed

After reading the letter “Frozen taxes mean inequitable taxes,” Readers Write, June 25, regarding frozen assessments in Fulton county, I shake my head in disbelief at his lack of understanding the issues in Fulton and the reasons for the freeze.

Not only were the 2017 assessments wildly out of line with reality, there were systemic errors with the assessments. Two examples come to mind: My assessment was frozen based on an appeal in 2015 with the Board of Equalization. But, I still received an assessment with an increase of 63 percent. There were at least 1,800 other properties with frozen assessments that also saw an increase. One mistake is an exception, 1,800 is a trend. The second example is a woman who lives in a Habitat for Humanity house, works for the local fire department and had her assessment go up 100 percent because she had the misfortune of $500,000 homes built around her home.

Since the letter-writer doesn’t mind paying property taxes in Dekalb for Atlanta politicians to use on their pet projects without taxpayer review, he is welcome to pick up my tab for property taxes. Additionally, if the letter-writer considers politians “weak willed” for catering to the demands of the taxpayers, he needs to review who those politicians work for: “Government of the people, by the people, for the people…”

DEAN HEINZ, JOHNS CREEK

Where are senators on health-care bill?

Does anyone else feel that the silence of our senators on the health-care bill and other critical issues shows cowardice and a lack of leadership? While reasonable people can disagree, I have yet to see our senators speak out one way or the other on such items as Comey’s firing, sharing intelligence with the Russians, the Russians hacking the election and, finally, the healthcare bill.

They do not respond to email except with platitudes, and they do not speak out. I would like to know where they stand, wouldn’t you?

STEVE MERLIN, MARIETTA

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