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Bill Rakaska & Barbara Rakaska: ‘We cannot afford to pay any more’ in Northampton taxes

To the editor:

Overrides are forever! I would be more inclined to vote for a line item override instead of a general one that puts money in the general fund for the city to spend any way it wants. They talk about losing $35 million in state aid in the last decade. How much in taxes was collected in the same decade?

Do people who rent realize their rent could go up as their landlord’s taxes, water bills and city fees go up? Business owners who rent may have to close as their rents increase.

We just had an override in 2009. Is this going to be the way the city operates, by asking for an override every four years? It seems the city relies on the hopes of an override every few years. It’s been on the ballot in 1988, 1992, 2004 and 2009. This does not include the four debt-exclusion overrides.

Our costs have risen and we have had to make changes. We think the city should take care of its needs and give up some of its wants. We cannot afford to pay any more.

Bill Rakaska

Barbara Rakaska


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