Wednesday, March 12, 2014

I will share one post...my good friend Paulette Mercure is in Boston for a 3rd open heart surgery...if you have an extra prayer available, I ask that you use it...
Have not been here in a while...does anybody see a reason to keep this blog alive...?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

2 1/2 Override Results

Results are in....

Thankfully the town's people saw the wisdom of keeping trash/recycling pickup...thanks for voting to keep that service..

But unfortunately the $1.00 a week it would cost each household to keep the library and senior center open was too much to bare...

One of the reasons some folks didn't vote for the override was they were scared if they couldn't pay the $1.00 per week they would lose their house...I'm not kidding

Here is a news flash, if you can't afford $1.00 a week it's probably time to move somewhere you can afford...

Monday, June 4, 2012

2 1/2 Tax Override - Fact vs. Fiction

We have a pretty important vote today...and it is clear there is much misinformation being diseminated around town and while this is late, I am going to try and clarify what this is all about...

The one that I hear the most;

"If I vote for a tax override this year, the town can raise property taxes by more than 2 1/2 % every year after instead of being capped by state law at 2 1/2 % (annual maximum increase)..."

This is false...I will try and explain it with an example...

Let's say that 2011 you paid $1,000 in property taxes...by law, the town can only raise your property taxes 2 1/2 (2.5)%...so in 2012 your property tax bill would be $1,025 ($1,000 x 2.5%)...

So when 2013 comes around, your current tax levy is $1,025 a year...again by law the town can only increase it by another 2.5%....your 2013 property tax bill would be $1,050.63 ($1,025 x 2.5%)...

So what an override does is gives the town the ability to go beyond 2.5 % to help fund programs for the town that they deem vital (ex. recycling/trash pick up)...

So here is an example of an override ...

Let's say in 2011 you paid $1,000 in property taxes...and the town has a vote to override the 2.5% annual maximum increase by law...for this example let's assume the override was for 5%...if the town votes in favor of the override, your 2012 property tax bill will be $1,050 ($1,000 x 5%)...

Now when 2013 comes around, your current tax levy is $1,050 a year...again, by law the town can only increase it by another 2.5%...your propoerty tax bill would be $1,076.25 ($1,050 x 2.5%)...

There are some that would have you believe otherwise...the facts are the facts though...

Please follow this link and get educated... http://www.mass.gov/dor/docs/dls/publ/misc/levylimits.pdf

I fear that the people who will benefit most from this override are the people who will vote it down...and the culprit will be the source of their information...I hope they call those people who misinform when the trash starts piling up and they have no way to deal with it...maybe they'll come over and get it for you...

Friday, May 4, 2012

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Rumblings from Box Elder, SD....

Stay tuned...