It Takes Courage to Cut the
By Robert D. Warner
July 02, 2008
Dear SitNews Editor:
Many of us are suffering "sticker shock" as we receive
our current billing for property taxes. This should remind us
that it takes real courage and hard work for our elected leaders
to cut spending and reduce our taxes or keep increases modest
It looks like the easy way was taken this year. Rather than
cut the mill rate, it was kept the same; sharp increases in assessed
values were then allowed to balloon both Borough and City budgets.
Little thought was given to the plight of citizens as they faced
high costs for heating oil and gasoline during the past year.
The thought of even higher heating and transportation costs
this coming winter provides many taxpayers with chills in July.
Is it about time for local political leaders to display some
courage? Would they consider placing a freeze on recent budget
increases and reduce or suspend sales taxes on heating oil for
the winter months?
Would city fathers have courage to discontinue plans for building
a "castle on the hill" to serve as a new public library?
Have they even considered the higher costs of heating, electricity,
and staffing for such a place? Who would pay for these mushrooming
Political leaders all too often feel pressured from special interest
lobbyists and public bureaucrats demanding more funds for this
and more staffing for that. It's time that they hear from common
taxpayers who pay their bills.
Robert D. Warner
Received July 02, 2008 - Published
July 02, 2008, 2008
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