Nobody likes paying taxes. Benjamin Franklin, one of our nation's founding fathers, once said, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." I think one can conclude he wasn't fond of taxes, either, but recognized them as inevitable in order to support the services they expect from their government. For people not already paying property taxes through an escrow account, the property tax payment for the first half of the year is due on Monday, May 16. (You get an extra day this year, since the 15th falls on a Sunday.)
We are just over a week away from Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 3. In Duluth, voters will choose a new mayor, as well as cast votes for a number of city council and school board positions. Historically, we see the highest voter turnout during presidential elections. In 2012, 79 percent of eligible Duluth voters, 50,212 in all, cast a ballot. While Duluth has a long and proud history of voter involvement compared to elsewhere in the state and country, this year's election will likely see lower turnout since there are no federal, state or county positions on the ballot.