Dear Editor, Central Taxus, if you're not mad as hell about your property tax rates, consider that your counterparts in another Sun Belt state, Florida, pay one-third of what you pay! From personal experience, I can tell you that life is not appreciably better here for the taxes we pay. Under current economic conditions, a property tax freeze should be immediately instituted. After meeting with the Travis County property appraiser's office and getting nowhere, I am fuming. Like many others, my home is being measured against outdated peak sales data. With mounting foreclosures in my area, were I to try to resell my home now, I would experience at least a 10% loss. Further, May's 9.4% unemployment data is alarming, and it fails to reflect nontabulated unemployment rolls, corporate salary cuts, the underemployed, or others who have just given up! It's time for bloated government wages – federal, state, county, and city – to be carefully reviewed and trimmed. If corporations can do it, so can we! The Houston Chronicle recently published a searchable list of all state employee wages. It is clear that many state workers are paid handsomely by comparison to the private sector – not even considering perks and benefits that go far beyond retirement – at our expense. My neighbor, who barely works 40 hours a week, is listed as a "manager" for the Department of Housing & Community Affairs, is not college-educated, and is paid a taxpayer-funded salary of $71,000. A further insult: The state of Texas paid out $25 million in "bonuses" in 2008 alone. Balderdash! To research state salaries, visit the Houston Chronicle site: "2008 state of Texas public employee salaries.” It's time for a Central Texas tax revolt, wouldn't you say?