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December 11, 2012

Amesbury council, mayor heading to tax showdown tonight

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“Everybody that I spoke to talks about the rate, and you try to explain that whole equation thing, but (the rate) is all they hear, they don’t want to put two and two together,” Kimball said. “The mayor talks about branding; we’ve already been branded, negatively, for having the highest tax rate, or the (fifth) highest.”

The councilors were in agreement that using free cash to give back to the community was something the city could afford and was the right thing to do. Councilor Jim Kelcourse even went as far as to say that the mayor needed to step up and support the taxpayers, and that if he wasn’t willing to do so, “then maybe we should find someone who will.”

One thing the councilors indicated they would not do is vote to implement a split tax rate and place a greater burden on the city’s businesses.

The tax discussion will continue tonight at the regularly scheduled tax classification hearing, which will be on the council’s agenda when they meet tonight in the City Hall Auditorium at 7.

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