Interesting details of Huntertown land sale
A commentary on the sale of the land on Johnson Road by the Huntertown Town Council (The week ahead, Nov. 5) included a veiled insinuation there was something sinister in the Salomon family’s interestingly being the prospective buyers.
The Salomon family had owned and farmed this property for more than 30 years and had no intention to sell. Huntertown approached them with an offer to buy it for a future water treatment plant site. A price of $504,000 was agreed upon and the sale was finalized.
There was no appraisal.
Subsequently, Huntertown Town Council decided it also wanted a sewage treatment plant. The Johnson Road property no longer suited the town’s needs, and they decided to auction it off.
The land was then appraised at $296,000, which was established as the minimum selling price by state law. At auction Mr. Salomon was the high bidder at $225,000. Auctioneer Jerry Ehle approached Salomon and asked him whether he would consider buying the ground at the appraised price. Salomon told Ehle he would meet that price and the deal was completed.
Interestingly, if Salomon had wanted to, he could have just walked away and Huntertown still would own some land they could not use. It is also interesting to note that the state requires an appraisal before a town or city can sell property but not before it buys property. But that is another chapter.
RICHARD A. McGUIRE Churubusco
Letter writer’s gripes reek of sour grapes
In response to Ken Selking’s letter (Second-term America’s outlook pretty bleak, Nov. 19):
How about recognizing that the majority of American people re-elected President Obama because they backed his policies. Let’s abandon the post-election sour grapes and get on with second-term presidential and American goals.
ART BRICKMAN Fort Wayne
Fair tax fast fix for economic ills
The U.S. Tax Code covers over 72,000 pages and is so complex and convoluted that no two tax experts can agree on how it should be applied. It’s not time for a tax reform, it’s time for a complete do-over. The tangled mess our politicians have created cannot be undone and should be scrapped.
Fortunately, we already have a solution, the fair tax. HR25 and S13 already exist in Congress, and this fair tax legislation has the bipartisan support of more than 70 congressmen and senators. Name any other piece of legislation today that has bipartisan support.
The fair tax is a national sales tax that eliminates the income tax (and many other taxes) and abolishes the IRS.
We are experiencing one of the worst economic disasters the U.S. has ever seen: high unemployment, runaway debt and spending, with elected leaders acting like children. But we already have a solution: the fair tax legislation. We just need to dig our heels in and demand the fair tax legislation be enacted.
It will solve the current economic woes – except for the acting like children part. But it does take away politicians’ power to manipulate the tax code for special interests. I urge you to contact your senator and congressional representatives and demand they support the fair tax.
STEVE O’SHAUGHNESSY Fort Wayne