2009-10-24 / Editorials & Letters

Lavender responds to critical letter


This letter is in response to Constance Green’ letter questionin my personal money management.

Ms. Green brought up my property taxes. What she fails to realize is I pay my property taxes once a year as do many people. So my taxes may show delinquent for a six month period, but they are always paid at the end of the year and if a penalty is due I pay that.

As for monies due banks, I owned a business in Thornville and decided to expand the business into the Newark area. Unfortunately, it was not a profitable decision and there were monies owed. I could have taken an easy out and filed bankruptcy like many people do, but I chose not to. Instead, I settled with each of the creditors. All have been paid in full except tow – one will be paid next year and the other the following year.

I have not ignored my obligations and have taken ownership of what was owed. And, because of the latter it has made a better manager of my money and will help mi in the management of money on behalf of tohers. Especially in today’s economy, you have to be careful when trying to expand too quickly or in spending money for items that are not a necessity to do business.

I too am a tax paying citizen and respect the residents of the community which is why all decisions made need to be made in the best interest of the entire community – not just a few.
Dennis Lavender
Candidate for Thorn Township

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