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SENIORS: Higher costs hitting fixed incomes

Letter by Kathleen S. Bozung, Tacoma on Feb. 15, 2011 at 11:15 am | 19 Comments »
February 15, 2011 2:01 pm

In the past week, we have received three bills all having increases in amount owed, with no increases in our benefits from the creditors.

Our home insurance increased 24 percent since last year, our utility bill and cable/Internet bills increased substantially, and property taxes are up 4.37 percent. The cost of auto fuel has increased 38.3 percent over last year.

We understand that we can control some of our expenses by turning down the heat, using less water, changing to basic cable and Internet, but that is not the entire point.

We are senior citizens, on fixed incomes. Because of the general opinion that the cost of living has not increased, there was no increase in our Social Security, and our meager pensions have no cost-of-living increases.

If these increases in goods and taxes continue in the next few years, I don’t know if I will be able to afford our home, medicine or food. How about a tax break for seniors on fixed incomes who have paid taxes for 45-plus years?

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