SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

July 15, 2013

Letter: Small tax hikes add up


The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

Don’t you just love it when supporters of tax hikes say it’s only $32.76 a year in taxes for the average homeowner with a house valued at $300,000, as we have heard regarding the CPA tax in Salem? What about all the other tax hikes in this state?

It’s only 3 cents more on the gallon for gas at the pump (our state reps and senators recently voted for this). Meals taxes, cigarette taxes, increased property taxes, sport fees, school bus fees, MBTA fare increases, increased tolls, increased sale taxes, so on and so forth. You get the picture. Well, all those add up for the low-income to middle-class working taxpayers and their families. All of this over a year can add up to $100, $500, $1000, etc. It may not seem like a lot of money to some people, but it’s money that puts food on the table, clothes on the backs of a family, gas in the car to get to work and for meds.

Come on, people, are you not sick of it or are you not really paying attention? Taxpayers have got to start paying attention to the tax increases that the Massachusetts Legislature and the governor are planning. ...

This state is not spending our money wisely; thus, the governors’, mayors’ and city councils’ hands are always out for more.

Deb Oman

Beverly