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Ripon’s Measure A: We must do better
letter to editor

 Editor, Manteca Bulletin,
We are a community that shares our responsibilities and burdens equally among all residents.  Measure A will change that.  The proposed special tax to fully fund a fire station on the edge of town will require seniors living in central Ripon, living in independent, assisted and skilled nursing facilities, like Bethany Home, pay twice the parcel tax that residents, such as myself, will pay who live closest to the outlying fire station. Why — because some seniors require more assistance?  I say, so what?  Isn’t that why we have a fire department?
Fire board members point out that Bethany Home will be responsible for the taxes and do not have to pass the tax onto their residents.   I say, of course they do.  They are a non-profit organization.  They must pass on the expense.  Bethany is a jewel to the community and has received numerous awards for the excellent housing and services they provide our seniors.  
Now we are saying to those residents because you have lived a long life we will insist the several hundred of you pay double what several thousands other residents will pay. I am voting against Measure A not because I don’t support the fire district, but because I don’t support disrespecting seniors through parcel tax inequities nor legislation that would ultimately bring embarrassment to our community.  We can and must do better than Measure A.

Wesley Villines
Ripon