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[Sep. 7th, 2004|11:34 pm]
Nite Mirror
I am dead tired. I haven't gotten much sleep the last several days. On the bright side, all but 3 of this month's newsletters for my business are on their way to those who get them. One-third will get one with some grammar errors that I didn't catch in time. I corrected them for the rest of the mailings.

So a few people will get collector editions of my newsletter! The scarce, typo-laden edition! Yeah, in 200 years a rare, yellowing copy of it will go to auction for millions of dollars! ;-)

I already have an idea for next month's letter. A birthday club for my business. I know one person on my mailing list has a birthday this month. Tomorrow I will send an email offering the birthday discount to that person before it's officially announced in next month's letter. Hmm, looking over my calendar, there is another person who isn't on the mailing list who prob. should be. That person has a birthday at the end of this month. Maybe I'll tell that person too.

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On other fronts, I took a walk down my town's main street today. At first glance it looked more or less the same. Driving a car down the road I wouldn't have noticed what I did walking. Because of that property tax increase I have mentioned, a lot of the store fronts have "building for sale" signs on them. Even more store fronts have the protest sign of "unfair property tax" in their store windows.

I knew a lot of the citizens of the town have been selling their homes to move to cheaper locals. I know my Mom's caregiver had to take out a bank loan to pay her tax this year, and she's already told Mom that if the court battles fighting the tax fail she will be moving out of the area with everyone else -- She's not going to pay the tax a second time.

Until today, I hadn't realized the impact it has on the business district too. If a normal house is paying thousands of dollars in county property tax, imagine what a large commercial building must have to pay.

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The Cubs just lost in 12 innings as I'm typing this.

At least the radio just said the Giants lost today too. So the Cubs are still leading in the wild card race.

It's nice to hear baseball again. It was strange with the entire series the Cubs had against the Marlins being canceled. An entire holiday weekend without Cubs baseball! No wonder I was so loopy and panicky over my other problems.
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[User Picture]From: tom_vroom
2004-09-08 10:49 am (UTC)
What is this new tax increase stuff? Why now? Doesn't your town know it will drive people away? What's their end goal in all this. Sometimes civic politics make no sense to me. Sorry to hear about it.

I know man I couldn't frikin' believe that after Nomar led off with a great hit in the ninth, we couldn't scratch out a run off Tucker. I was so disapointed that I turned off the game and left it to fate, only to find out the additional scoring came too little to late.

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[User Picture]From: nitemirror
2004-09-08 11:23 am (UTC)
The town isn't the one behind the tax increase. It's the county. The increase only effects the towns that are near Lake Michigan. Towns on the far side of the county are paying less than half of what we are. My town along with the other towns effected have been fighting the increase and have taken the battle to the state government.

A long time ago, I mentioned to Jen in an email that my town's government and the county government don't get along. This has just broadened the rift.

I had hope for last night's game right up until the very end with that last run they scored. Too bad it wasn't enough.

Oh, wow. I just looked at the clock. Gotta run.
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