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A Quiet and Necessary Thank you Note

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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!

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14 Responses to “A Quiet and Necessary Thank you Note”

  1. Dot Says:

    I think you’ve covered it all. I’m also grateful for the services that our taxes provide. I don’t resent taxes, but I do resent the inequity in how they’re imposed.

  2. Talon Says:

    I have no problem paying taxes and I am very grateful for the myriad of services they fund. I do hate when the tax dollars are inappropriately handled, though, and I have a beef about the whole layers and layers and over-lapping of some taxes. Overall, though, it’s a good thing. : )
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..The Cap (Short Story) =-.

  3. Patricia Says:

    Dot,
    Not implying any perfection in the system, people – lots and lots of people are involved – but rather I just wanted a wee shout out.

    Talon,
    Working on reminding myself of gratitude and my need to be responsible

  4. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    Happy to pay taxes that are well-utilized but I do worry about too-high taxes stifling entrepreneurship and the economy…
    .-= vered | blogger for hire´s last blog ..I Saw The Rose. And I Smiled. =-.

  5. Patricia Says:

    Vered,
    I want to just remain in gratitude and later assess where I need to put my energies for ethical change.

    We do own a small business and pay extraordinarily high taxes because some of the big companies do not….even more reason for me to put forth this moment of gratitude and thanksgiving.

  6. suzen Says:

    Hi Patricia! I couldn’t agree more! Great list – I’m especially grateful my son, who is a 6-yr army vet, has the benefits he is so deserving of! Your post is refreshing – for that I’m grateful! :)
    Hugs,
    suZen

  7. Meggin Says:

    Thank you for putting my exact feelings into words! You are so good at that! love and hugs!!

  8. J.D. Meier Says:

    I really like how you connected the cost to the benefits. I’ve never seen a good itemized list of where taxes go in a meaningful way, and I think your list of the upside is a great one.
    .-= J.D. Meier´s last blog ..Those Moments When You are Most Alive =-.

  9. Mark Says:

    Taxes support them or not are the price of entry, the price to pay for the privilege to live in the society that we live. Very good and brave post.

  10. Patricia Says:

    Suzen,
    I truly needed to express my gratitude and would extend it to all the folks who work for the City, County, State, and Federal level – including those who challenge themselves to get elected and have their say. I am so happy your son receives his benefits – yes!

    Meggin,
    Thank you for your kind words.

    JD,
    Many thanks for the positive strokes…I felt a strong need to voice my gratitude and share it.

    Mark,
    Not sure how brave it is…I just needed to do it out loud! and I needed to be heard on this one :)
    Thank you for you kind words.

  11. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. they always say be grateful you pay taxes – because you can .. you’ve earned and have something tangible to live for, and a reason to get up everyday.

    As JD says .. I love your positive take .. – good for you .. look after yourself .. Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Pevensey Castle, Normans Bay, smuggling and family remembrances … Part 1 =-.

  12. Patricia Says:

    Hilary,
    Thank you for coming on by…I am off to a Drs appointment now to read all the test results – I hope you are taking care of yourself…because I seem to have gotten myself into this predicament when taking care of my Mother for three years…24/7

    I want to be grateful because yes I can assist my community in so many ways.

  13. jannie Funster Says:

    Funny, but we’ve been paying huge taxes to be in an apparently great school district for, well ever since Jim bought the house 22 years ago, but we’ve never had Kelly in public school. Oh well, it all comes out in the wash.

    Wonderful things indeed are done with tax money. It would be good tho to see taxes reduced on businesses so they can be free to do what they do, hiring people and expanding their companies, since small businesses are the very life-blood of of any economy. So simple, yet many are opposed to this, and I’m not sure why.

    Anyway, a beautiful day is dawning. I hope it is a wonderful one in your world and that you are feeling pain-free today!

    xo

  14. Patricia Says:

    jannie,
    There are many things I would like to change about taxes, especially in our state….I also wanted to appreciate the wonderful work the money does to make our lives civil and safe. It is a beautiful day. Thank you for your good comments

    I volunteer 200 hours a year to our public schools – some of my kids went and some were home schooled ….the greatest gift I feel we can give is education. I do not mind paying taxes to keep educating and learning going strong.