Taxed out of town
After 30 years as a Rising Sun resident, Sandra Campbell is ready to pack up and move.
Campbell, who relocated to town from Fair Hill in 1985, said last week that she's being taxed out of town.
Campbell and her husband Jonathan are currently a one income household. She lost her job after 25 years when the company shut down. Now, she attends college and is studying to be a medical assistant in an effort to upgrade her skills.
She said that as she and her husband age, their income won't keep up with the fees and taxes imposed by the Town of Rising Sun.
The couple raised four sons in Rising Sun. "There's always been a struggle between people here," said Campbell, who said she was "heckled" at a town meeting a few years ago when she tried to present her concerns. She can't attend town meetings now, because her college classes are held Tuesday nights.
In early July, Campbell received her county tax bill, with it's $384 debt service tax increase. Three weeks later, on July 21, Campbell received a notice from the town about the tax.
But that new tax impacted her mortgage - raising it more than $30 per month.
"We've lived here for 30 years. We're putting out $2,000 a year in taxes plus water and sewer bills. That's $72,000 in 30 years. That's a lot of money," she said.
"If I don't pay it, there will be a tax levy on my home and they can take it from me," she said.
She also questions the newly introduced but not yet passed Home Inspection Program. She said she and her husband bought their home "as is". That inspection program will eliminate as is sales. "The opportunity for an as is sale is gone and we have to pay them to inspect it," she said.
She said the cost of living in Rising Sun has gone up by 200 percent in the last decade.
Campbell has other issues. She paid her water bill on April 11 in cash. She got multiple shut off notices despite having a receipt. "For two months, they came to shut my water off. There was an accounting issue," she said. She said she paid her water bill. Volunteer Terry Bonenberger said she would "pull the (security) tapes" to prove Mrs. Campbell's husband made the payment," explained Campbell.
"I am looking for homes outside of town. We can sell this and profit enough to not have a mortgage.
"I want to move. I'm going to move. When it gets to be 2025, I'm going to be paying twice as much for water as I am now. That's on top of what they put on my mortgage. My fear is that they can manipulate a tax bill. If he (town administrator Calvin Bonenberger) gets a new car, is it going on my mortgage," she said. "People have to understand that if we don't do something, our mortgages could double. We need to have a town meeting without the town (officials)."
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