Battle over tax rates rages on in Grayson

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History has a nasty way of repeating itself, particularly when rulers forget their country’s history.Take, for example, a little-known event that happened just down the road, south of Burlington, N.C. — May 1771, the Battle of Alamance.
Then-Gov. Tryon thought the king’s tax rates much too low and raised them to outrageous levels that the poor common man couldn’t possibly hope to meet.
Land was seized, and people were thrown off their land when they couldn’t pay the taxes.
The people tried to address their government to get relief, but the government refused to listen. They formed a protest band called the Regulators to address the problem.
Time and again, these poor farmers and simple folk tried to get the government to listen. But no matter how hard they tried by peaceful means, the government refused to hear their voices.
These people were being taxed to death and squeezed out of their land with no compensation when they couldn’t pay.
The rich ruling class lived frivolously while oppressing the poor. Taxation without representation. Sound familiar? A battle ensued.
And now the very same thing is happening in Grayson County: outrageous taxation, with the government refusing to listen to the voices of the people.
Could it happen here? The board of supervisors and school board shouldn’t have bet that it won’t.
But I have the perfect solution: since the schools want the increased money, let the teachers, administrators and school personnel bear the load.
Let’s find out which properties are owned by teachers and administrators or their spouses and raise the taxes on only these properties to make up the money they want.
Bet they’d sing a different tune in a hurry! Bet they’d find tons of places to cut the school and county budgets.
Lynn Merrell
Elk Creek