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November 28, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 28, 2012

Retired civil servants want income tax fix

I am a Civil Service Retirement System annuitant. Indiana income taxes were paid at the applicable tax rates in effect during my working years. I am taxed on the annuity received on an annual basis at the current Indiana income tax rate. This means I am paying taxes on the same money twice.

Some 774,651 retired workers on Social Security in Indiana are exempted from taxation. Another 15,900 railroad retirees are exempt from state income taxation by federal law. Civil service annuitants pay 3.4 percent state tax and, on average, 1.43 percent county tax.

Should this disparate tax policy be based upon the type of retirement system you participated in? Should your employer be a factor for state income tax policy? Should civil service retirees and survivors subsidize the tax breaks for other seniors receiving Social Security or railroad retirement benefits?

Social Security benefits have not been taxed by Indiana since February 1984. It is time for Indiana to tax all seniors equally and fairly. The Indiana General Assembly needs to take quick action to eliminate this tax bias.

Indiana’s tax code needs changed to provide fair treatment of civil service annuity retirement income. To achieve this, we must get a bill heard in and passed out of both House and Senate committees and to the floor of each chamber for a vote.

Nelson Jim Hayes, Upland

 

Statue’s surroundings are inappropriate

When the Indian Maiden statue was located at the corner of Sycamore Street and Apperson Way, I was disappointed. I thought it should have been placed in a more prominent location, where there was more traffic and seen by more people.

Driving by this location recently, I was appalled by its present surroundings. The gaudy building, lighting and cheap flags flying really diminish the beauty of this statue.

It is really sad that a beautiful piece of art is hardly noticeable. What a shame! I would hate to drive by the Indian Maiden sometime in the future and see her wearing a sandwich board, advertising the latest Big Gulp special.

Why couldn’t it be relocated to a more appropriate location such as the City Building or the courthouse square?

Here is a thought: Why not make it the centerpiece of a fountain to be installed at the City Building? What a nice statement that would make for such a beautiful piece of art!

On a different note, I would like to send a big cheer for the Kokomantis!

Nellie J. Hallam, Kokomo

 

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