Letter: Making drivers pay

Tuesday, February 06, 2018
Making drivers pay

Caitlin Andrews’s Downtown column on Jan. 15 should put fear in the hearts of all Concord residents. The city council and school committee, which spend taxpayer money like sailors on shore leave, must be drooling over the prospect of a new bill sponsored by Sen. Dan Feltes, D-Concord, and supported by state Rep. Steve Shurtleff, that would allow the city to rake in $1.5 million dollars annually by adding a minimum of $30 to $150 or more to the annual cost of registering a vehicle in the city of Concord. Seniors on fixed incomes continue to struggle from annual budget-busting 30 percent-plus tax increases over the last three years so the new target to generate revenue to pay for boondoggles, bad real estate deals and developer perks will be every owner of a vehicle registered in Concord. Ironically, it seems every election we’re told, “Democrats are on the side of working families and senior citizens.” Undoubtedly, this new tax will be hailed as “a step forward for the city” by the Concord Monitor editorial board.