Carl Erickson: Don’t let high taxes drive people from Northampton
To the editor:
I commend the Daily Hampshire Gazette for its honest, front-page, top-of-the-fold article, “Taxing Times,” in Monday’s edition. For me, the article said, “Enough is enough.”
A 20 percent increase in our property taxes and a 35 percent increase in our water and sewer rates in four years are starting to really hurt many of us. It’s hard to believe a majority of the voters would want to add $235 to our annual tax bills. The city has plenty of money to run itself well, and, if not, can find other sources to tap other than the property owners again so soon.
Northampton is a great place to live, and we don’t want to be driven out by cost.