Dorrie Brooks: Backs city’s proposed override
To the editor:
One of the most tragic side effects of our country’s entrenched political mismanagement is that local residents are increasingly pitted against each other when local budgets come up for debate. We pit school children against retirees and the unionized against the non-unionized in battles that get uglier every year. In a just world, no community would have to battle for resources for education, basic infrastructure, good government or police and fire protection.
Local taxes, the money that pays for local services, makes up only 13 percent of the average American taxpayer’s burden. In contrast, 67 percent of our taxes go toward the federal government’s spending priorities, priorities we have little power to shape.
I support the Northampton tax override because I know that the revenue raised locally will be spent locally. It won’t pass through the hands of the state Legislature, or House and Senate appropriations committees. It won’t go to Syria or land in a pile of hundred dollar bills on the desk of Hamid Karzai in Kabul.
I am no more eager to pay additional taxes than anyone else, but it helps me to know that the people who manage our city’s budget are neighbors that I see at the grocery store or at a local soccer game. I know that at heart they care as much about Northampton as I do. Please join me in voting yes on Northampton’s proposed tax override.