At the League of Women Voters forum on Sunday, it was surprising to hear Mr. Barkhausen claim of reducing property taxes for Shields Township by 30%. Hearing Mr. Barkhausen make this claim over and most people would assume that their property taxes had been reduced significantly. However, as was pointed out and I later verified, this reduction amounts to less than 1/2 of one percent (or $1.04/month) for the average taxpayer. It is unfortunate that Mr.
Barkhausen and other politicians manipulate numbers to benefit themselves while leaving most people like us in the dark. I would encourage Mr. Barkhausen to not be so disingenuous in misleading the voters for his own gain and start talking about substantive issues in the future.