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My Take Home Pay Is Shrinking

In 2010 I became a single mom. I thought that my income level for a single mom was fairly sustainable however I learned differently. My take home pay is shrinking year after year. I am a government worker with an average salary in the low 50's. Every month I pay more than half my salary to taxes such as property, local, federal, state and taxes for purchases. I am forced to seek assistance from food drives because after I pay my mortgage, utilities, gas to go to and from work, there is nothing left. My monthly property taxes (which were never reduced by the County even after the value of my home went down drastically) cost more than what I pay monthly for my mortgage. I never thought I would see the day when property taxes each month cost more than the mortgage. Then when you add in federal, state, and miscellaneous taxes, I’m left with nothing. It's sad when a person works so hard and over 60% of their salary goes to taxes and health care cost. It seems everything is increasing yet I make too much money to qualify for anything. How dare anyone say all I want is a handout when I have paid my share plus all my life. It’s time for those who have benefited from my sacrifices pay their fair share.
—NinaIL
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