The Washington County Commissioners continued their struggles over the upcoming year's budget last week, voting down three separate proposals to increase taxes, even as Commissioners' President Greg Snook acknowledged that yes, there will probably be a tax hike of some sort.
What got little attention - and which deserves alot more discussion - was Commissioner Paul Swartz's proposal to exempt those over 65 from any tax increase.
Swartz's proposal surfaced last month during another budget discussion, in which he said that he was not opposed to tax increases, but that he would like to spare those over 65 from them. County Treasurer Todd Hershey said it could be done, but only by giving seniors a tax credit after the hike.
Commissioner William Wivell said in last week's meeting this would be unfair, because a break for seniors would come at the expense of other citizens. Allow us to present another side to this argument.