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Again, we need to lower the property tax burden on seniors

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To the editor,

Louise Guyotte’s letter of March 24th, bringing attention to the 156-percent ($150.60) per month increase in Medicare insurance premiums to take place in 2014 (less than two years from now), is further proof that we need to lower the local tax burden for our seniors.

The 2014 monthly rate of $247 up from $96.40 is going to be crippling.

This is for Medicare coverage of 80-percent which is deducted from seniors' Social Security checks. They have to ...

To the editor,

Louise Guyotte’s letter of March 24th, bringing attention to the 156-percent ($150.60) per month increase in Medicare insurance premiums to take place in 2014 (less than two years from now), is further proof that we need to lower the local tax burden for our seniors.

The 2014 monthly rate of $247 up from $96.40 is going to be crippling.

This is for Medicare coverage of 80-percent which is deducted from seniors' Social Security checks. They have to pay additional premiums for the medi-gap insurance to pick up the remaining bills.

Earlier this month, I wrote a letter to the editor advocating a 50-percent school property tax credit for our over 65 seniors and received little or no response.

Our seniors do not have gold plated health plans, but are expected to pay for them for our public employees.

They do not get annual salary increases and step raises but are also expected to pay for them.

It is time for the same people who support our school budgets to step forward and support a tax credit for our most deserving citizens.

James Edgar

Meredith