Small increases add up

To the editor:

The Plainville Town Council and Board of Education seem to be very pleased with themselves and the “very low” increases over last year’s budget. These increases are even being spun as “minimal decrease[s] in terms of market value when adjusted for the [very questionably] reported federal inflation rate.” Our tax rates are then compared to other area towns (never to towns in other states) to show us what a good deal we’re getting.

Admittedly, the increases are relatively small, but they are still increases.

There seems to be an assumption in government that increases each year are mandatory; there are never decreases or serious attempts to live within last year’s budgets. Increases accumulate over time; 1 or 2 or 5 percent is added to the previous increase. Over time, that can become serious money.

Those paying $300 or $400 or $500 a month in property taxes will eventually be paying $400 or $500 or $600 a month.

Along with the onerous demands of the state and federal governments and our reduced buying power due to the real inflation rates, I am not surprised to have seen about 30 friends and acquaintances move out of state in the past four years.

When will it end?

David Spencer


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