To the editor:
My name is Nina Searer. I own property in the borough of Lewistown and have all my taxes paid to date. I am writing in rebuttal to Mel Smith's letter to the editor in the paper on Saturday, Oct. 26. You stated you are "a business owner of several downtown businesses." Is this the same Melody Smith that along with your husband, Rick, appeared in The Sentinel several months ago owing the Borough of Lewistown over $50,000 in back taxes?
You stated you have "a good perspective on the inner workings of our borough council." You stated council needs people "to encourage and help businesses to be successful, because we all know that businesses are the backbone to our town." Is $50,000 in back taxes supporting that backbone or breaking it?
You also listed five candidates to vote for in the upcoming election for Lewistown Borough Council. Three of those candidates voted in favor of raising the utility rate for sewage/garbage in last year's budget. The other two were not on borough council. Councilman Larry "Heavy" Searer was the only council person to vote against the increase. In his 20 years of service, Larry Searer has never voted for a tax increase. If I owed $50,000 in past due taxes I would surely support the candidate(s) that vote to limit increases in my bills.
I, like you, hope everyone gets out and votes for the candidate(s) of their choice. You decide who you think is best serving the interests of the Lewistown Borough. I personally do not want more tax or utility increases.
Nina L. Searer
Editor's note: According to records posted online by the Mifflin County Tax Claim Bureau, as of Oct. 2, 2013, claims for approximately $43,000 of 2011 and 2012 borough and school property taxes were listed under the names Rick B. Smith, Rickey B. Smith and Melody L. Smith.