, Newburyport, MA


November 18, 2012

Budget season is not a happy time

To the editor:

Most normal people are getting in the mood for the holiday season with the major problem being how they are going to pay for it in a tough economy. For those of us in the local political arena, it’s budget season and that’s just not a happy time. The public already has angst over what the tax rate may be.

Those of us who are charged with control of expenditures at the local level find ourselves between the proverbial rock and hard place. We have tried to maintain services without raising property taxes.

Each year the cost of doing business continues to increase, so we hold the line by cutting our workforce through attrition and spreading the work load. We’ll only be able to stay on this path for a limited time.

When the state, county and schools are not playing the same game we are, holding the line will soon be next to impossible. When the public votes for the candidate who promises a free lunch, they may rest assured that at the end of the day there is always a bill due and it ends in the hand of the taxpayers.

I hope we’ll be able to get through this season without real damage, but there is serious doubt that our Congress will stand up and address our existing fiscal problems and make headway to debt reduction. Wish I had some confidence but haven’t found any yet. Elections have consequences.

Thanks to those who may have voted for me in my run for Congress.

Brendan Kelly


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