Letters to the editor, Feb. 27

Feb. 26, 2014 @ 10:19 AM

Thanks for supporting Cornucopia
The community rose to the occasion to help all those affected by cancer through their participation in the 14th A Chocolate Affaire, the signature fundraising event of Cornucopia Cancer Support Center.
We are grateful to everyone involved.  Your support through sponsorships, attending, auction bids and donations are crucial to ensure that anyone journeying with cancer gets the support and resources they need to fight the fear, frustration and fatigue that can be so prevalent on the cancer journey.

We are grateful to our 18 sponsors, the 27 restaurants that donated the delicious desserts and savories, the 80-plus organizations and individuals who contributed the extraordinary live and silent auction items, and to the 300 people who attended and gave from their hearts in support of Cornucopia's vital mission. You provide the hope, the energy and the power for each participant to keep moving forward.
Lois Boynton
Durham

Boynton is chairwoman of the Cornucopia Cancer Support Center board of directors.

Call a tax increase what it is
City officials and the media should stop using such misleading phrases as “a penny for the parks,” in order to downplay a proposed property tax increase.  The increase from $0.56 to $0.57 per $100 assessed value isn’t a “penny;” it is a 1.8 percent tax increase, raising millions of dollars in new taxes each year from now on. The increase is $250 over the next 10 years for the owners of a $250,000 home and $500 over 10 years for a $500,000 home.  Using misleading phrases to make a tax increase for an attractive project seem smaller than it is amounts to being patronizing of Durham residents.  Sunday’s Herald-Sun editorial points to increasing park use resulting from population growth as a justification for the tax increase. However, that ignores the fact that increasing population is itself providing growing tax revenues from new buildings and businesses. Certainly this increased tax base can provide additional funds for needed park maintenance and improvements.
Durham officials should examine projected revenues and determine overall city needs, including the parks, and budget accordingly. Durham city property taxes are already at least as high or higher than in Raleigh and other neighboring major cities. Let’s make an effort to hold taxes in line with these other cities. Tax increases should not be downplayed by using deceitful, catchy phrases such as “a penny for parks,” or “a penny for housing.”

Rod Gerwe
Durham