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Opinion

December 18, 2012

Another tax increase in Amesbury

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Now let’s bring this back to a choice. We have more than two choices, but the two on the table are easier and less painful for the town to choose from. We the people, who fund this town through our taxes, are not a limitless supply of “free cash.” As a matter of fact, we are facing a financial cliff nationally that will raise the tax burden on all of us unless things are voted to stay the same, exactly the same (not just a so-called increase on the rich). As a taxpayer, I will need to make some tough choices on how I spend money next year because I won’t have as much to spend, even if I keep my job at my current level and get a 5 to 6 percent raise (which will still be below the status of “rich” or a millionaire who makes more than $250,000/year).

Mayor Kezer wants to increase the tax burden and lower our personal net worth; the City Council wants to gamble on our future. Why shouldn’t the city face the same tough choice we, the taxpayers, do. If revenue is going to decline for reasons out of local control, a change of spending habits is warranted. Review how we spend every dollar, make the city feel the same pinch the taxpayer feels. Stop spending money in places that don’t promote growth or add value to our city. If the mayor and City Council want to lower our net worth, we have the power to take away their positions each election cycle and should consider doing so.

Wilmin Bartolini

Amesbury

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