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Letter: A breaking point in Bristol

Have we reached the breaking point on taxes in Bristol?

Who are we taxing? We are taxing the same base that has not shown any growth in recent years. If we vote to add all the warrant articles and additions totaling more than $600,000 at our March town meeting, we will add $2 to our tax rate. We need to stop this trajectory and give the taxpayers a break.

Numerous projects and equipment purchases have increased the budget in the past six years. We need to ask ourselves: Will this make Bristol a more affordable place to live? We must show consideration for our taxpayers and not continue to overburden our tax base. I have heard that raising taxes will be good for Bristol and would not be a problem for people to pay. What’s a few more dollars? I have also heard the argument that residents can sell and somebody else who can afford it will take their place. That attitude may have worked in the past when markets were growing, but presently this is not what is happening.

It is up to the voters to show up at the polls (March 11) and town meeting (March 15) and make their votes and voices heard. We need to elect individuals who will protect the Bristol taxpayers and consider the present and future of our town.

ERNIE RICHARDS

Bristol

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