Letters (February 21, 2018)

User fees, not taxes, for transfer station

On a recent visit to Newton Medical Center for a pulmonary function test, the technician, upon discovering that I was from Marion County, asked if Marion County was as depressed financially as she had heard it was. Really gave me cause to ponder.

After reading the account about the possibility of Marion County creating a new transfer station, and I believe that is necessary, but I disagree with the financing. User fees yes, but sales tax no.

The family is already carrying a heavy tax burden. Kansas is one of four states that have the highest sales tax on food and groceries, and except for the lack of proper statistics to determine, Marion County, Kan., may have the highest sales tax on food in the nation.

User fees, on othe other hand, are attaching the cost to the one who creates the trash. Almost everyone pays it. Schools, churches, residences, hospitals, nursing homes and business entities.

However, there is one business that is exempt from the business trash fees. This business already receives preferential treatment on sales tax, property tax, income tax, motor fuel tax, vehicle registration fees, zoning, building permits and even on the method of disposing trash.

If that business were paying user fees on trash, like everyone else, it would generate about $250,000 annually.

Ask your commissioner about it. It’s their rule.

Max Heyen


Chess guild grant enables students

The USD 410 Hillsboro Middle High School Chess Guild would like to thank the Hillsboro Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Central Kansas Com­munity Foundation, on behalf of the Hillsboro Impact Fund grant we received.

The Chess Guild has student members who participate in weekly practice and nine tournaments per year, including the state tournament in March. Each tournament consists of six games with competition with students all over Kansas.

Chess builds character individually, as they stand alone in the competition, and as a team, as they accumulate points for a team win. The guild has taken third place three times this year.

The grant will be used to pay for tournament fees and the expenses of hosting a home tournament. We are honored that the Hillsboro Community Foundation gave a grant to our guild in such a generous way.

Thank you for blessing the USD 410 Hillsboro Middle High School Chess Guild.

Marilyn Bartel, sponsor

USD 410 Hillsboro Middle High School Chess Guild