The Carter County Fiscal Court has firmly rejected creating an independent library taxing district, but Judge-Executive Mike Malone and magistrates left the door open to putting the issue on the November ballot.

Supporters of the library should seize this opportunity by getting behind putting the creation of a library district on the ballot and leading the campaign to convince voters that only by the library having its own source of revenue can Carter County have the type of library it needs and deserves.

Carter County was the only one of Kentucky's 120 counties without a public library until a few years ago when the fiscal court and the city councils of Olive Hill and Grayson began making annual contributions to support a library. Under the current agreement, the fiscal court and the cities each contribute $18,000 a year.

The Rhode Island Division of Taxation cautions Rhode Island business owners about a scam in which individuals claim to be collections agents of the Rhode Island Division of Taxation and request immediate payment. The Division of Taxation does not request cash or other payment by businesses upon demand by visiting businesses in person.

The Division of Taxation has temporarily ceased any in-person collection activity in response to this scam.

Previously, the Division facilitated the expedited removal of sales tax permit blocks by requesting in-person returns and payments by check only.

A business owner in Providence notified the Division of Taxation this week that someone claiming to be from the Division entered a Providence Manton Avenue neighborhood store and demanded a cash payment for overdue taxes. Division of Taxation employees who do visit businesses in the ordinary course of their duties will never ask for cash payments to satisfy outstanding tax bills. The Division is also aware that another Providence business owner may have been approached and may have paid the individual.

Anyone approached by a person claiming to be from the Division of Taxation who asks for money should contact the Division at 574-8829 between 8:30 am and 4 pm business days; the Consumer Protection Unit at the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office at 274-4400, or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or State Police Capt. Matthew Moynihan at 444-1012, and the local police department.

Thiruvananthapuram: Congresss Kerala unit president VM Sudheeran has attacked the state government for an order that allows acceptance of land tax from a private company at a time when the estate in question is embroiled in a legal dispute.

The order allowing acceptance of tax from Karuna Estate for an 833-acre estate in Palakkad district whose ownership is disputed would be perceived as corrupt and would affect the partys prospects in the assembly elections this year, Sudheeran said at a meeting of the top leadership of the party on Wednesday.

Sudheerans criticism of his own party, which leads the United Democratic Front (UDF) government in Kerala, has exposed the fissures within the party ahead of assembly elections on 16 May.

Dear Editor:

Despite MLA Jane Thornwaite's recent report to the Deep Cove Crier, I am not convinced of the overall merits of the BC Liberals' latest "balanced" provincial budget. Amongst my many concerns is the gradual shift over the past decade or so of provincial revenue from progressively calculated income taxes to regressive taxation. With regressive taxation, the less a family has the more that family hurts.

Sales tax is one of the biggest culprits of regressive taxation, though there are many others: BC Hydro and ICBC rates, for instance, have been inflated for years to generate a net income for the province, effectively turning crown corporations originally created to provide low cost services into profit-driven enterprises; BC continues to hold the unflattering status of being the only province in Canada to charge a flat-tax MSP premium, effective rates which are on the rise again; and the province turns a blind eye to the ethically questionable practice of spending millions of dollars promoting gaming to collect billions in gambling profits while the number of people affected by problem gambling skyrockets.

And then there are the hidden costs: The taxes that never were and yet still have to be paid. These are paid by the parents and teachers dipping into their bank accounts on a regular basis to answer the fundraising calls underfunded schools are constantly putting out. They are the charitable donations to the local food bank in an earnest attempt to subdue the hunger of hundreds of people left behind by a system that fails to support them. Let's not even get into the costs we pay by not addressing poverty with urgency: Higher crime rates, depressed communities, a repressed economy, loss of income tax revenue and production and a deepening of the cycle of poverty. All of this spells disaster for the future.

Poor fiscal management isn't just about spending money on the wrong things: It's also about collecting money from the wrong places and failing to spend money on the right things. It is time to do away with the hidden costs and side fees and accept higher income tax rates as a far healthier, more progressive, and cost effective strategy for keeping the province ticking long-term with the money we're already paying all year round.

Bowinn Ma, North Vancouver

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