A Quiet and Necessary Thank you Note
Every April 15th in the US of A is Income Tax filing day. All over the US of A are protests about paying taxes and how invasive taxes can be in our lives and living.
I would not be so bold as to say that I LOVE paying taxes, but I am indeed very proud of paying my share and of being able to do that. We have a very repressive tax system in our state so during the year, I pay a multitude of Sales Taxes on my purchases and services.
I write down all the sales taxes I pay and keep a chart, most years I have paid so much that I itemize because the standard deduction is not nearly enough. With paying for the wars, we do not get deductions any more.
I give almost in equal amounts to my sales taxes for community related donations – to specific projects that I really want to have happen in my location. I work on protecting children, animals, the disabled and then the wider community.
This year I felt a bit differently, I felt like the anti-tax, anti – government folks really made a huge noise and the “taxes are good” folks were whispering.
I just want to give a shout out to all the services I could think of that I am so happy my tax dollars go for….particularly since collectively they do a greater good than I was able to do this year in my private donations.
So here is the list I wish to present of those services that bring me a smile and make me grateful. The list is not intended to be extensive…just a shout out to what I could think of in 5 minutes and made me bubble up in good feelings.
The Library – Children’s Health Services – Schools – Universities – City Buses – All Emergency Services -911 – School facilities – Colleges – Women’s Health Care – Veteran’s Health Care -Sewer, Water, Garbage – Waste Management – Water Quality – Clean Air – Shoreline Management – Gardens – City Planners – City Engineers – City Parks – Composting – Public Bathrooms – Parks – Roads: Federal, State and County – All the Military Personnel and their needs and family needs – National Parks – Fish and Wildlife Services – County Parks – Litter pick up. – (I stopped at 5 minutes)
What services are you happy to pay taxes to sustain? Or Develop?
Help me continue the gratitude list here – I would so appreciate knowing what you appreciate from your government.
To make these services all work the best for my community, of course means I have to be informed about what is happening and how I can best do my part. I do not think I will get an even honorable mention for all the gutter cleaning I do in the neighborhood, or keeping my street trees healthy, but those are important jobs in keeping my taxes going towards their best efforts.
I also look up the agenda items for the City Council meetings and County efforts weekly – since I do not take the paper – I now need to book mark their online sites to not miss out. They even send me a reminder as to whether or not it is garbage or recycling week. My job is also to put the right trash in the correct containers (I consider those folks who just dump it all in one container to be wasting my tax dollars, which could be going to schools or trees)
So a big thank you for all the lovely work being done with my tax dollars and for all the folks who take this community seriously and pay their taxes with a cheerful heart.
I just needed to give my gratitude a Shout Out!