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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Renters would feel brunt of increase

on Tuesday, 18 August 2020. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

Renters would feel brunt of increase

To the editor;

I am writing to express my disappointment that the Florence City Council is even considering a proposal to increase the costs to landlords with rental property. Whatever these additional costs are, they will undoubtedly be passed on to their renters. That’s me - a renter. I am a 79-year-old U.S. Army veteran living on Social Security with my wife of 53 years. We live in a modest five room apartment. We have difficulty making our rental payments now. We eliminated eating meat and dining out to keep within budget.

The Federal government is contemplating cutting Social Security by over $20 billion. That is our ability to pay rent getting further cut. During these difficult times it is unconscionable that the council would do something like this to renters, particularly senior citizens and veterans.

Unless these increases can be prevented from being passed on to renters, there will be great harm to the most vulnerable among us. I humbly ask your readers to loudly protest this draconian attempt to squeeze more money out of fixed income and low income families who find it difficult to put food on the table today.

Kenneth M. Curran

Florence

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