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A $2.20 Gift to Our Great-Grandchildren

Nicholas Johnson

Iowa City Press-Citizen, October 30, 2008, p. A15

The conservation bond offers one of the best returns on an investment of public money we're ever likely to enjoy.

Of course, those who oppose all public expenditure -- whether for libraries, schools, or parks -- oppose the bond. Why wouldn't they? But they can't deny either its ecological benefits or these returns on our investment.

And when their RoboCaller tells me the added $2.20 a month is going to increase my property tax by 25-30% I think they must be living in a smaller house than my son, Gregory.

For $2.20 to be a 30% increase would mean I'm paying $7.33 a month in property tax, or an annual total property tax of $88. I don't know about you but my bill runs a good deal more than that. Sufficiently so that I don't think I'm going to miss that $2.20 gift to my great grandchildren.

Nicholas Johnson
Iowa City