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May 8, 2013

Letter: Go to Town Meeting — and don’t be a cash cow

To the editor:

Town Meeting is coming. You have a right to know where your tax dollars are going and have been used. Or are you the cash cow who just keeps giving?

Are you a younger group who pays property taxes and has to pay fees, like add-ons for school bus fees, which are not deductible. Are you a cash cow?

Are you middle-age folks who have been and are still struggling to keep up with expenses and higher education costs? Are you a cash cow?

Seniors — still trying to keep up with real estate taxes, yet read about housing subsidies being subsidized with your tax dollars. Tax you out of your home and then subsidize affordable housing. Are you a cash cow?

Town growth is down.

Town expenses are up.

Been here for 10 years?

Tax rate, per Mass. Dept. of Revenue, shows Ipswich taxes are up 27 percent. Is your income up 27 percent?

You have a right to know why it’s “spend and then tax.” Why? Are you a cash cow?

Do you the taxpayer know what free cash means? This year over $1 million is available, after it’s certified by the state D.O.R.

Do you understand the reason for Prop 21/2 and what it was meant to do? This year over $600,000 is automatic to the town. Is this the way you remember it’s supposed to work? It’s a barometer to slow or stop tax increases and to protect against possible override.

Did you vote to lend the School Committee $800,000 to pay legal expenses? They have paid back $575K so far; where is that money?

This year over $2 million could be used for tax relief. This is taxpayer money and it is the taxpayers’ choice on how it could be used. Have you been asked? Are you a cash cow? Where are or what have these dollars been spent on?

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