Read My Lips
By Glen Thompson
January 22, 2007
I have two articles from the KDN posted on my wall at work.
One says "Assembly cuts Budget" and the other one
says "Assembly cuts Mil Rate" , both are from last
year's budget cycle and I'm quite proud to have had a hand in
both of them.
Since the resounding "NO!" on consolidation keeps echoing
in my little brain pan, the one thing I really took away from
that ordeal was the old saw: "READ MY LIPS"
I haven't heard one person from the public agree that the recently
released property tax assessment represents a fair market value
of their property. While I don't want to get into the specifics
of the statistics and analysis used (and whether it is scientifically
valid), or whether our assessors have somehow "dropped the
ball" on this one, it occurs to me that the overall assessment
is presented at an assembly meeting for approval. If we believe
it is in the public interest to make a wholesale adjustment to
the assessment, say an across-the-board decrease of 10%, why
I have asked that very question of the borough's attorney. If
that is not available to us, then an appropriate adjustment in
the mil rate can accomplish the same thing. I'm listening to
the constituents and they are NOT happy about this valuation
(or the implied increase in taxes!) and do not believe it is
equitable or representative of the local market at all.
The KDN article
about the auction of the polar bear on the front page of the
newspaper was interesting for the story it didn't tell. We are
NOT okay. Our local economy is not expanding. In fact, people
are having trouble making ends meet and the government (City
and Borough) needs to tighten its belt, not raise taxes.
Received January 20, 2007 - Published January 22, 2007
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