To the editor:
An open letter to merchants, restaurateurs, and service providers. Regardless of current and ongoing national fiscal cliff discussions, our family budget for 2013 includes the impact of increased taxes, rates and fees levied by state, local and federal government on what we will spend.
To pay for constantly increasing government growth and demands, our family's looming fiscal cliff requires that we seriously cut back on spending! From increased city water and sewer rates and fees, state wide gas and electric rates and fees, and local property and sales taxes to federal taxes on capital gains, interest and increased medical fees brought about by Obamacare, our 2013 family budget provides for fewer trips to our favorite local restaurant, less shopping at the Legends or Zona Rosa, no major purchases, and no travel or vacation time.
For our family living on a fixed income, the ever increasing fees and taxes brought about by voracious local, state and federal government will encompass a multitude of cutbacks from routine weekly dining at various restaurants to major purchases to replace our decade old auto and pickup.