Sunday, May 27, 2001

Tristaters look forward to tax rebates




By Steve Kemme
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Within minutes of learning that Congress passed a tax-cut bill Saturday, Judy Cook knew how she would spend her rebate check.

        “I'll probably spend it on my grandchildren — like I just did,” said the downtown resident, holding up a T J Maxx bag with dresses for her 4-year-old granddaughter.

        Tristaters welcomed Congress' approval of the bill cutting taxes by $1.35 tril lion over 10 years. This year, individuals will receive tax rebates of up to $300, and married couples will receive rebates of up to $600.

        “For what I paid Uncle Sam, $300 isn't much,” Mrs. Cook said. “But it helps.”

        Tom and Theresa Logsdon of Springfield Township hailed the tax cuts as being long overdue.

        “It's about time,” Mr. Logsdon said. “They had to do something.”

        The thought of getting a tax rebate check brought a smile to the face of Christopher Alexander of Evanston.

        “It's good we're getting some money back,” he said. “The taxpayers deserve it.”

        Lee and Carol Kortz of Cherry Grove had the same reaction.

        “Bring it on,” Mrs. Kortz said. “I need the money as much as anybody else.”

        Mr. Kortz said cutting taxes is the most effective way to reduce government spending.

        “Tax rates have been too high for too long,” he said. “The only way to keep the government from spending money is not to give it to them.”

        U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Cincinnati, a longtime advocate of tax reductions, voted for the tax-cut package.

        He said he views this tax-cutting measure as “a first step” in bringing tax relief to all Americans.

        “We should not think that the job is done and that we've cut taxes as much as we ought to,” Mr. Chabot said.

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