Trish Duffy: Florence homeowner feeling ‘taxed out’
To the editor:
Override again! The mayor and City Council of Northampton have decided to put the override question to the people.
Yes, I agree. Put the question to the people but I suggest that you only put this question to the property owners, because they are the ones who actually the bear the cost of the override. According to the city’s website, 46.5 percent of housing in Northampton is renter-occupied units — approximately 5,525 in all.
Property owners could bring a copy of their tax bill to the polls.
If my recall is accurate, many of our overrides have been won or lost by a narrow margin. I can’t help but wonder if there was a renter’s tax affixed to renters, would the results have been less close? It makes sense.
Renters utilize the infrastructure, police, fire, school and other city services. I don’t know how much more taxpayers can take. The governor is proposing an increase in the state income tax and we all know that by looking at our paychecks, the federal tax has just gone up and now we may be asked to shoulder another raise on our property tax.
I won’t mention the “minimal increase” to water and sewer fees this year after last year’s 9 percent increase or the possible addition of a storm drain tax. Again, I am just about taxed out.