On Tuesday, May 20, Northbridge voters will be asked at the annual election if they want to increase their property taxes by more than 17 percent via a permanent, operational Proposition 2½ override.
This equates to a $700 tax increase on a $300,000 home. Of course, you’ll pay more if your home’s value is higher than $300,000.
This is a forever, year after year, tax increase.
Rhetoric from Town Hall has some people thinking this tax increase will go away in five years. Nothing could be further from the truth. Simply look at the town election ballot. It clearly states that residents will be voting for a permanent $3.265 million tax increase. And let’s remember the standard increases we’ve all come to expect — those will also continue.
Even more to the point, the solution is not raising taxes but controlling spending. The critics of controlled spending tend to see government’s role as ever-expansive. The argument that controlled spending will harm local government treats government spending as sacred while the family budget is seen as less important.
It requires financial competence and political fortitude to reduce the growth of spending.
Let’s take a stand for the family budget and against a 17 percent tax increase. You can protect your wallet by voting no at the town election on Tuesday, May 20.