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To the editor:

This letter concerns a fundamental principle that has been abandoned in the Town of Elkin that should gravely concern all municipal taxpayers.

Affordable water and sewer service is the basis of incorporation. In Elkin there are a dearth of users, particularly industrial users, to underwrite those vital services with user fees exclusively.

In Forsyth County and Winston-Salem, where average median income dwarfs that of rural Surry County, the average household pays $36.48 a month or $1.22 a day for water and sewer service. In Elkin the average user pays $66.63 a month or $2.22 a day, a difference of 82 percent! some action is necessary to offset such a huge, regressive disparity by prioritizing spending in the general fund budget.

I am a single occupant using 700 gallons of water per month or $10.85 of water and sewer service for which I am billed $31.00! I deeply resent such thievery as a municipal taxpayer and am considering leaving town after forty years because of the prohibitive cost of living here.

I do not intend to confront the town board of commissioners during the public hearing on the 2014-2015 annual budget on Monday, June 9 at 7:00 pm at town hall whe, for all intents and purposes, the bduget has been rubber-stamped in advance.

I said it previously and it still applies, fiscal responsibility must be balanced with a measure of compassion. I find little or no compassion available at Elkin Town Hall where the elite continue to thrive and prosper by disregarding the plight of the least among us. People are more than the means to an end.

Fair is fair and foul is foul. I need not hear more condescending rhetoric from those who oppress me for their shared benefit. The oath of public office here is nothing but an empty promise that remains unfulfilled.

Jim Ipock


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