I just paid my property taxes today. I didn’t grip, I didn’t moan, I just paid them. I told the lady at the tax collection office “My taxes are the price that we have to pay for civilization. They will go for our children, our public safety, and to make things better for us all.”

I also voted earlier this week. I voted for Measure 5-277, CC Rider Transit. Public transit is an essential for civilization. It can make the difference between senior, or handicapped people being able to get to the store or doctor, or a person being able to get to work. It can also make the difference between an industry deciding to establish itself in our county or establishing itself elsewhere.

5-277 will be asking 18 cents per thousand dollars of assessment. Not a large amount. It will cost the property taxpayer less than a pack of cigarettes a month and it will be one heck of a lot healthier.

For the sake of the health of our county, our economy and all that we value, please mark your ballots yes. We will all benefit from a healthy transit system.

Bill Eagle

St. Helens

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