Vote No on Tax-raising Questions in Dracut
It’s the wrong time for more debt exclusions -- and tax increases -- in Dracut.
Property taxes are high enough in town already. Residents are already paying additional taxes above the limits set by Proposition 2 1/2 as a result of debt exclusions that were passed for the new library, police station and $60 million high school. Burdening property owners with even more new taxes right now is too much all at once.
The fact that Dracut needs a new fire station in Collinsville shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone with eyesight. What should be surprising and alarming is the lack of capital planning in recent years to ensure projects like fire stations happen within the budget, instead of through additional tax increases.
This is the third time in six years that Dracut property owners are being asked to raise our own taxes. In 2013, a whopping 72 percent of voters said “no” to two Prop 2 1/2 overrides -- $2.9 million for schools and $200,000 for police, fire and public works. In 2016, voters again rejected two Proposition 2 1/2 overrides -- $560,000 for additional police officers and firefighters and $550,000 to install wireless technology in the elementary and middle schools.
Operating expenses and capital projects should be part of the budget, not contingent on continual tax hikes. It’s a bad way to do business. The voters keep sending the same message, but it keeps falling on deaf ears at Town Hall.
I’m in favor of the new fire station. I’m in favor of school safety. I’m also in favor of the money for both being found in the town’s nearly $80 million annual budget. Enough is enough!
Protect Dracut taxpayers and support responsible town spending: Vote “no” and “no” on Sept 4.