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June 26, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For June 26

Recognizing beauty in Jeffersonville

Jeffersonville residents: Do you often wish you could participate in making your city a little better place to live, but just don’t have any extra time or money to devote to city projects? Well, here is something you can do that will take you very little time, cost you no money, and at the same time, make a small contribution to your city.  

Just look around town for a residence of a family member, friend, neighbor or acquaintance who has nice landscaping in Jeffersonville. When you find that residence, I would like to encourage you to participate in the annual landscape contest by nominating that residence.

Participation is easy. Just go to cityofjeff.net and click on “residents” and then “City Pride.”  You will find the application, rules and directions available, or simply use the email address marilynczape@insightbb.com to receive an application. The rewards of winning are: a one-of-a-kind sculpture for the winner’s yard, two tickets to the annual River Breeze Festival at RiverStage on Sept. 13, and of course, bragging rights for the entire year. 

Nominating your own yard, or that of a friend, family member or neighbor is a great way to pay them homage for their work, and also helps get us a little closer to the overall goal of making Jeffersonville a more attractive city. The landscaping does not need to be new or expensive to qualify.  

This will be the third year for the City Pride Residential Landscaping Contest, the organization having previously awarded two Jeffersonville families the honor — the Pardons on Court Avenue in 2011 and the Cummings on Lentzier Trace in 2012.   

— Marilyn Czape, Jeffersonville City Pride

 

Reader sees better uses for TIF money

State Sen. Jim Smith’s recent guest column in the News and Tribune pointed out that property taxes collected from businesses in “TIF” districts — which stands for tax increment finance — are intended to pay for economic development projects. He also noted that every tax dollar collected from TIF districts is a dollar that could have been used to lower everyone’s property taxes.

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