, Salem, MA


December 16, 2013

Letter: Keenan has gone too far


Well, the tax thing doesn’t scare me anymore. Taxes will go up, like it or not. I was an opponent of the Community Preservation Act because I know (from the experience of friends who live in cities that have passed the CPA) that the promised “only two bucks a year” ends up being much more. I attended a meeting hosted by the Mack Park Neighborhood Association — one that was well-attended — and one of the opponents said what I was thinking: “You say $2 now, but when tax time comes around, it turns into 20. We’re tired. We can’t pay any more.”

Well, those words rang in my head when I got my new tax bill, and it’s increased by $25 a month! And my property value? It has reduced exponentially compared to five years ago, yet my taxes go up every year.

A few years ago, when news came out that the power plant would shut down, what happened? The city contacted residents to let us know that a city assessor would be by to check out our property values. (The timing was so perfect!) Funny that the city thinks my property is worth $250,000 when a Realtor can only sell it for $150,000.

When I moved here to Massachusetts from Michigan (a big union state!) 27 years ago, I thought it would be full of good Democrats who wanted to do good things. I’m from a working-class family with a lot of union workers! What do I see here? A lot of BMWs, Mercedes, etc. — all driven by the Democrats who claim to support the working class! Who is that 1 percent that the Democrats keeping harping about? They are among them! I am now a registered independent and will never vote for Keenan again unless it’s for impeachment.

Sharon Smith


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