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Time to protect us from taxes

To the editor:

How many tax dollars does it take to satisfy big government? How much is enough? The answer is obvious... there’s never enough as long as generous taxpayers allow it.

I’m onto the New Ipswich Police Department with six full-time officers and two part-timers. If allowed, there will be a seventh one slipped in and be assured, this will not be the end. Not so terrible many years ago, in 1991, the entire town budget was $1 million. If the present police department has its way, their budget alone will be $850,228 and soon reaching the $1 million mark.

On top of the ever-increasing staff is the fabulous benefit packages they receive, including $23,000 for a family healthcare plan per individual employee. That alone is a year’s take-home salary for some taxpayers.

I find it repulsive when public workers and selectmen have little to no concern for the fact that many folks (who are taxed to provide such luxuries) have very poor to no healthcare coverage themselves, myself included.

This town is already hog-tied into paying the previous police chief, who is still collecting a salary and will continue to do so until his $175,192 of work-free wages are paid up. Now the new chief wants the burden made permanent by a seventh officer. I know they’re trying to protect us, but good-grief, how about a little protection for our pocketbooks?

Please join myself and others by voting at the polls on March 11, “No” on Article 4 (town budget) and “Yes” for articles 21, 22, and 23 (petitions to help control spending) and put a small cap on some of the enormous public splurging.

Brian Somero

New Ipswich

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