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Tax Increase: Who voted for it?

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The Ellis County Press

FERRIS- The new city council on Monday, Sept. 15 voted to raise the taxes up five cents from $0.60 to $0.65 per $100 property evaluation.

The vote was unanimous.

Mayor Jim Parks Jr. said there will be larger increases in the future.

"Eventually we are going to have to make a big jump instead of all these small ones," Parks said "This is the first time it’s been raised in quite a while."

But oppositon to the tax increse is evident.

"In these uncertain economic times it is irresponsible for any city council to raise taxes," said Robert Guest, a defense lawyer and chairman of the Libertarian Party of Ellis County. "Instead, the Ferris City Council should do what every American family does when it runs low on money- reduce spending."

Before the tax vote, Carol Wright was sworn in to take over the Place 5 seat left vacant by Fred Pontley.

* Due to concern from our readers Mayor Jim Parks Jr. has been called to clarify the above quote. He said that this was said but he was implying "if" there wasn't an increase now.



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