Learn from Greenville’s mistakes

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 11:24AM
Learn from Greenville’s woes

To the editor,

It’s much better to learn from the mistakes of others rather than painfully experiencing it for ourselves. Please take note, New Ipswich voters.

The liberal voters of Greenville have quickly forgotten the days when their property taxes went through the roof and since then reverted back to the hay-days of easy-come, easy-go. Consequently this year, their tax rate took a spike of $6.80 per thousand, much of it coming from the town tax rate which is up 72 percent ($24.28 for 2016 and $31.08 for 2017). This means a $200,000 home will increase in one year $1,360.

Only about two-and-a-half years ago New Ipswich voters passed a sizeable reduction to the school budget to give some tax relief, but Greenville squashed our efforts. To add insult to injury, there were mockers on Facebook rubbing salt in our wounds and rejoicing over their success in beating us down.

This is the thanks we got for helping them out some years ago when they were crippled with taxes and crying bitterly for a change in the school funding formula which was granted them. The results were higher taxes for us and the town of Mason leaving the district. Now Greenville’s school rate is only $12.91 while ours is $19.

Since these liberals can no longer blame their plight on another town perhaps they could repeat the days of demonstrating at the riverside with another mock tea party and once again display their individual tax bills on yard signs. Better yet and more appropriately they should take a good hard look in the mirror.

Most importantly, what New Ipswich voters need to do is take warning and learn from the mistakes of others who ignore past history and refuse to control their big spending appetite.

Brian Somero

New Ipswich