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City wants tax to resolve problem it's worsening

On Saturday, Oct. 26, this newspaper published a letter decrying imposition of a tax that may be levied by the city of Fayetteville to fight problems created by the runoff of rain. The points in that letter are valid. Why should those who have owned their homes for 30, 40 or even 50 years be forced to pay for problems that are worsened daily as new houses are constructed in Fayetteville? Moreover, there may be instances where this problem is occurring for the first time as a direct result of the addition of new homes.

The behavior of Fayetteville's city administrators and City Council will be even more egregious if the city adopts the 2040 Plan currently posted on the web. In that plan, in its present form, it is clear the administration will allow, and perhaps encourage, infill. Unfortunately, with infill there will be less pervious land to absorb the rain. Therefore, infill will exacerbate any problems stemming from the runoff. Thus, the city is proposing to increase the taxes on existing homes in order to alleviate a problem the city's actions will create, or at least worsen.

It is apparent part of the justification for allowing the infill was provided by a survey, the results of which are included in the appendix to the draft of the 2040 Plan document posted on the web. The samples that are referred to as the "survey" were not random and non-random samples should never be assumed to represent the populations they were supposedly drawn from. In analyzing who the respondents to those samples were, it is clear the respondents are not representative of Fayetteville's residents.

Perhaps the members of the city administration and the City Council are not aware of the perils and pitfalls of utilizing data gleaned through non-random samples. Should that be the case, people with statistical expertise are replete among the university faculty and can be called upon to advise the city about sampling as a public service. However, those responsible for the city's affairs should realize, without the use of any other information or guidance, allowing infill will worsen the runoff problems.

With the tax that is being proposed, they will be levying a tax on their citizens to pay for problems, at least in part, created by actions taken by the city's administration. Simply put, that is not the kind of government Fayetteville's citizens deserve and sorely need.

Phillip Taylor


Tales of getting by bring a few chuckles

I enjoyed a laugh while reading Flip Putthoff's Oct. 29 account of life without electricity at shack-ri-la. Here on Rooster-Ridge we said it was like camping out without having to sleep on the ground.

Our gas stove top is supplied by a small propane tank, so boiling water was a cinch. Thanks to the loan of a solar-powered generator from my brother-in-law we had light and were able to power the fridge for a few hours each day. We even had Vienna sausages and crackers for dinner one night.

We made out better than Flip. Carroll Electric restored the power around 11:30 Tuesday night. Thanks to the Lincoln water department we were never without fresh water. We were spared any fallen trees, but people near us were not so lucky. We pray for their continued safety and that their lives will soon return to normal.

Eric Mason

Siloam Springs

Commentary on 11/06/2019

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