Letters to the Editor: April 20

Marvin Creek disappointed … and they should be

It seems our friends in Marvin Creek have finally awakened to the fact that their Village Council is only interested in two things: taking control of private property and taxing people. Listening to their taxpayers is out of the question. So is doing the right thing.

I am told two council members were asked during their campaigns for council whether they had any objections to gates and gated communities, they answered that they had none. Now that they sit on the council they “have changed their minds.”

These two did the same thing with the forced annexation issue. They were against forced annexations during the campaign, yet full speed ahead with aggressively attacking neighbors now. The other three council members expressed a willingness to accept the ‘will of the people’ after they were soundly defeated during the anti-annexation petition drive, yet now they refuse to follow through and abandon the annexation ordinance.

With all 367 Marvin Creek residents (Marvin taxpayers) now understanding they have been sending their tax dollars ($300-$500 per year) to a disrespectful governing body they elected to represent them, I would not be surprised if they undertake an initiative to oust these dishonest folks and bring trustworthiness and integrity to their council. They’d certainly have my support, and I know they would have the support of many Marvin taxpayers who are also disgusted by their council’s behavior.

Paul Schneider
Unincorporated Union County

Do the right thing with revaluation

The Charlotte Observer reported on Monday that the State has ordered Union County to perform a revaluation for all properties in Union County.

This was the result of state’s recent sales assessment ratio study, which looks at a property’s current assessed value and compares that against actual sales prices.

Union County is the only county (out of all 100 counties in North Carolina), required to perform a revaluation within the next three years. 

According to the report, the average property in the county was assessed at nearly 20 percent over the actual market value. 

Last year the commissioners decided to cancel the planned revaluation for this year and delay the revaluation until 2016. Why? The state report verifies what every home owner in the county already knew: our homes will not sell for what the County says they are worth!

Given this new information, and the commissioners’ previously stated concerns about the amount of taxes we are paying, why don’t we just get this done now and hold off on talks about dropping the tax rate?

If they vote to drop the property tax rate now, and wait until 2015 to perform the revaluation, you can bet we will need to raise the property tax rate to make up for the loss of revenue.

Commissioners, if you are truly worried about all the taxes we are paying, the state just gift wrapped your justification for doing this now. Our homes are worth 80 percent of what you say they are.

Spare us the politics and do the right thing. Please.

Ken Skorupski
Unincorporated Union County 

Odyssey of the Mind

Dear Editor,

Except for sports, little attention seems to be devoted to educational accomplishments in our county and region.

Odyssey of the Mind is a national and world competition featuring the creativity, intellect, energy and motivation of our young people, along with encouragement and commitment of schools and parents. Just two weeks ago the state finals were held at Wingate University, involving hundreds of students of all ages.

A few weeks before, the regional finals were held at the same place. Union County had a number of winners who will be going on to Ames, Iowa for the finals in late May and our schools and children will be well represented. Yet, there was scant mention of the events or the effort involved, or the fact that our children did so well, either in the Union County Weekly or other newspapers.

It is a sad truth that if one of our kids broke into a school or spread graffiti, we’d all be much more interested.

Stephen Davis, Matthews

Keep up the fight

Well, Marvin couldn’t force us into their fine town, so now they are going to go after their own people.

Our fight was always against the dictators of Marvin, never the people living in Marvin.

We tried to let people know what type of people you have running your township.

Until you get them out of office, all anything will ever be about is money. How much they can take and how little they can give you back.

The mayor you have now wasn’t voted in by the people but was placed there by the council. The last member of the council was placed there by the council, not the people. They spend your tax money on land not even in your township. They make rules up as they go to suit themselves.

I don’t know how anyone can live in Marvin when you have to worry all the time about what you can and can’t do in your own home or yard.

The annexation people had to all come together to fight and beat them. Now the people of Marvin need to all come together to stop all the things the council are doing to you. Hope you win. They can be beaten.

Michael Wingard
Unincorporated Union County

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