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9/11/2013 6:00:00 AM
Letter: Public TV signal serves a purpose

"Free TV Signal"? If the property taxpayers are subsidizing the current digital signal, then it is not "free." And it is necessary!

Not all of us can afford cable or satellite. The only source of current news and entertainment to those on fixed incomes such as veterans and the elderly is the "free" signal. And I believe it is the government's duty to provide access to news and information, especially in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.

There is no question of the necessity of this service.

Elaine Miller

Golden Valley

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

It's not the amount paid...whether it be $1.74 or $200. The issue is that they collect much more than they need apparently. Just a few years back they swept millions from the TV fund for other uses. That's NOT the purpose of the tax. They know exactly how much the maintenance contract costs and they can estimate needed repairs and upgrades. Take that number and figure out what the tax rate should be. It shouldn't be used to create a slush fund for pet projects. Every department in every business in the world has to make budgets for each year and then operate within them...why is it so hard for them to do it for the TV district? Because they are used to having that extra money available when they want to sweep it, that's why. They'll NEVER reduce the tax to what it should be.

Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Article comment by: the Root

Well Move,
The problem is the new digital translators the FCC MANDATED a few years back. Before then at least one could get snow and audio from the PHX and LV stations. In the digital age, you need a repeater to even get audio in most of Mohave county. My share of the TV bill is 1 dollar and seventy four cents. $1.74. I spent more on coffee at Maverik this morning. If you cannot throw 2 bucks A YEAR to allow the rural customers to see TV, then that speaks volumes about your greed.

Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Article comment by: J L

I believe this is a necessary tax for choice. The elderly and poor can't afford the high prices for satellite and cable. This tax is actually going towards something needed. But I don't agree that the government "needs" to provide this. It's a choice and should be brought up for a vote, it's the peoples' money paying for it, that's what tax is. The government takes money from the people, it doesn't make money, it takes money.

Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Article comment by: Well move then

The signals are free if you live in an area with broadcast stations. When you choose to live in a rural location, there are sacrifices to be made. Moving to the Phoenix, or Las Vegas area will free you from paying this tax.

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