Re: Newton property tax override
posted at 2/26/2013 5:38 PM EST
If we do not agree to raise taxes, city officials will throw our teachers, children, and seniors under the bus. This is the same old threat, time and again. Why do they never threaten to reduce their paychecks instead?
190 city employees make over $100K. Give them a 10% pay cut, this gives you $1.9M back to our budget. Oh, we cannot do that because if we do not over pay people we will not be able to attract top talent. Seriously folks, we are in a recession, show me where in this state there are 190 jobs paying $100k or more, where is the line for these jobs? Newton apparently.
Why are we paying $500,000 per year for a museum? Do we really need a museum? Who goes to the museum? We should not subsidize this, if people want to go there let them pay. Stop funding the museum, and in 20 years you will have $10M; this solves your override funding!
What are our aldermanâs priorities? In spite of our economic crisis, this is what they are spending their time and our money on:
1 Plastic shopping bag surcharges
2 Leaf blower restrictions
3 Banning banks from first floor retail locations
4 Restricting home based businesses
Seriously, can thy find less impactful proposals to spend time on? How about solve our financial crisis and spend time on that?
After firing chief cummings, we pay him $50,000 for life. Wow, work for Newton and hit the lottery.
Cancel the vote in March. This vote is costing us $60K.. Use the money to fund a teacher and an aid
Why do we need a temporary election commissioner at $2k per week. Another $100K job. We should outsource the elections dept, why do we need full time staff to hold elections a few times per years. Eliminate this position and pay for two teachers instead.
Teachers continue to be underpaid, they fought tooth and nail for a measly 3.7% increase, while city administrators keep handing out $100k jobs. Teachers should quit and apply for the election commissioner job. Or work for the police dept, and get fired and get paid $50K for life
I just looked at an old 2000 tax bill. Go find yours. You will see that your taxes have gone up 50% to 2013âs bill. And still this is not enough. Raising taxes never solves our budget problem. Only cutting spending will. We need to make a list of "Must have's", and "nice to have's", and start eliminating the nice to haves.
VOTE NO AND THIS WILL SEND THE MESSAGE, THIS NONSENSE MUST STOP. If you keep giving them money, they have no incentive to cut spending.