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Letters Any wonder Vermillion isn't growing?

To the editor:

I want to congratulate those who have written to the paper about the Chestnut Street fiasco. It takes courage to speak out against the mayor and those who work for the city.

The taxpayers of Vermillion do not want to spend a million and a half dollars to widen this four-block street when we can use that money on other projects. If the city had allowed us to vote on this over a year ago like we wanted to, we wouldn't even be having this discussion again. This old plan probably wasn't even a good idea when it was made over 10 years ago, and it certainly isn't a good plan today. Things have changed drastically in that area over the past decade. This city has spent money improving Cotton Park and building a beautiful bike path. They are putting in a nature area where the old lime pits are. It's crazy to ruin that area now with speeding trucks.

Many of the people who want to spend these million and a half dollars don't even live in the city limits, so it's not really their money to spend. Taxes are high in Vermillion already. The elderly are sometimes forced to sell their homes because of high property taxes. Young people are left out of the housing market because of high taxes, so they have to pay rent. Then their rents are high because of high property taxes, making it difficult to even save to buy a home.

Vermillion's "temporary" second penny sales tax has apparently become permanent. The "bed, board and booze" tax has apparently become permanent. And now the city says that it may have to opt out of the state's property tax limits because of a coming budget shortfall.

Spending a million and a half dollars on Chestnut Street made no sense before, but it makes even less sense now. The taxpayers of this town have already had an expensive new fire station built that isn't even big enough to hold all the trucks. They're already talking about needing another one. The city is considering building a new city hall.

Then the city wants to build a different truck route on Crawford Road from Cherry Street to the Burbank road, right through another residential area. These truck routes don't need to be built in town. There are other alternatives, but, by watching city council, it is apparent that the mayor is refusing to let the city council look at any other plans in detail.

Vermillion is not growing as fast as the communities around us. Our population has stagnated. Does anyone wonder why?

Respectfully

Kally Johnson

Taxpayer and citizen

Vermillion

Legislator's efforts receive thanks

To the Editor:

I am writing to thank Rep. Judy Clark for her assistance in obtaining from the Department of Transportation new directional signage on Highway 19 � Newcastle/Vermillion Bridge road. This new signage will be helpful in directing people to the bridge and to the communities it serves.

Sincerely,

John Paulson, president

Vermillion Development Company

Board of Directors

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