Letters to the Editor

Letter: Blindsided

To the Editor:

If I don’t speak up or write, then I’m giving my consent.

The residents of Harvard got a
$10 increase in the past water bill that was due Aug. 2. The increase was for a “NIF” tax. Why the blindside? We are your neighbors, your friends, your community, the people you say “Hi” to on the street.

On Ayer Street and Diggins, there is an electric bulletin board, 6-foot-by-8-foot, that tells about all kinds of happenings in Harvard. I never saw anything about a NIF tax. If it were posted, I’m sure the word would have gotten around before the water bill did.

I truly hope someone dropped the ball on this. I hope the city of Harvard doesn’t think, “We’ll just add the tax because there’s nothing they can do about it anyway.” I hope they have more respect for us than that.

What’s an NIF tax, you ask? So is everyone I talk to. Some who pay the water bill with direct pay and may not even know it’s there. They’ll just blame the kids of wasting water when they see the increase.

In my circle of friends and neighbors, no one knows what the NIF tax is. So I went to ask. I found out that the NIF tax is going to the water filtration system, and it is permanent. OK, cool, it’s going to a good use. No problem, just tell us.

I’m fine with the $10 being used for a good cause. The surprise, the blindside, I don’t understand that. A city should inform the people who are affected by this kind of decision.

Edwin Detlefsen

Harvard

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