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Concern raised over county’s packet

The Ellis County Press

ELLIS COUNTY – A political storm is brewing over the technicality aspect of the Texas Rail Initiative and its legalities referenced in the media packet that was sent out last week from County Judge Chad Adams office.

Besides the double taxing of residents who currently have Dallas Area Rapid Transit, they could levy fees and taxes if approved by Ellis County registered voters include but are not limited to,

• A vehicle registration fee, not to exceed $150 per vehicle a year

• A motor fuels exercise tax, not to exceed $0.10 a gallon

• A mileage fee, not to exceed $0.01 per vehicle mile driven

• A property tax, not to exceed $0.05 per $100 appraised value

• A driver’s license fee, not to exceed $50

• New resident impact (vehicle registration), not to exceed $250 per year

"Ask yourself if you personally can afford or want to pay another $600 to $1,200 in taxes per year. This outrageous project must be stopped because people are already overburdened by taxes and do not need more financial suffering in a time that is financially distressing by many," said Midlothian resident Duff Hale.

The Texas Rail Initiative meeting will take place Monday, Feb. 16 from 12-2 p.m. at the Waxahachie Civic Center, 2000 Civic Center Lane, off Intestate 35 and Highway 287.

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