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Local Option Tax? Consider grocery exclusion with that

Letter: Fred Stevens Grangeville

In the interest of full disclosure, I live outside Grangeville and will ultimately have no tangible impact on a LOT [Local Option Tax] if it goes to a vote. (David Rauzi editorial March 26). That said, we are frequently informed inflation is negligible, “excluding the volatile food and energy sectors.”

Being a Washington transplant, it was initially surprising to see groceries taxed here in Idaho. I’ve adjusted. May I suggest that if the city determines a LOT is a good idea to recoup some revenue from tourists and other passersby that a grocery exclusion is also considered? I don’t know about the statistical geniuses continually trying to convince us inflation is held at bay, but my family continues to eat and drive. I can assure you food and fuel have been on the rise and there is no relief in sight. An additional tax on family budgets already stretched by inflation is a regressive and destructive move in my opinion.

Fred Stevens

Grangeville

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