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Here we go again. The Alpine School District is again raising the greedy ugly specter of another yearly property tax increase.

The property owners in this district, from Orem to the point of the mountain, have been deluged with a property tax increase every year for the past five years.

Superintendent Steven Baugh is retiring after having a very successful campaign of tax increases. This is his final salute to the property owners of this district.

The so-called truth in taxation hearing will be held next Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m. in the American Fork district office. This is a 5.3 percent or $28 jump in your property tax assessment for schools. Over 60 percent of our total property tax bill goes to the school district.

Our state Legislature has authorized all taxing entities to increase property taxes by merely publishing a notice of intent in the newspaper and holding a public meeting to listen to complaints, then they go ahead and vote for the increase. As far as I know, there has never been an instance when the increase was not passed.

As far as our state legislators are concerned, if only one person lodges a complaint at this so-called truth in taxation hearing, that is public input. The voting public has no voice in the matter.

This is government of the people, by the people and for the people in Utah.

Bob Wright

Orem