To the editor,
In response to Jan’s letter on July 24 of why there was a low turnout at the referendum: 1) I stayed home to vote yes. This is the way it’s set up. Only no voters need to show up. 2) No signs posted around town to remind voters and most people don’t read newspapers. 3) Only voting at the train station, would be very overcrowded if yes voters showed up. 4) The majority of voters just don’t care, until the tax bill arrives in the mail.
I attended both budget public meetings at City Hill Middle School, but didn’t speak, just listened. Went home and read the budget; agreed with it to vote yes, because I’m informed. I believe most no voters just vote no to any tax increases without a clue what the increases are for.
The main reason budget increases are needed is because of unfunded or underfunded mandates by both the federal and state governments. Such as our schools are only funded 43 percent when compared to other Democrat-run cities that get up to 80 percent. The upgrades required for our sewer treatment plant, and so many more.
It saddened me to have read your thoughts about, “Those who vote get to keep their taxes the same.” It’s a really silly thought. The same as others that say, “I don’t have children in school, so I shouldn’t pay for it, or I don’t use the parks and playgrounds, so why should I pay.”
Your quote, “Those who don’t vote get to take responsibility for tax raises because obviously they don’t care about the borough, their kids’ future or anything else except sitting on their couches.” You were fine to say those that don’t vote get to take responsibility for any tax increase, but you are wrong about the rest of that statement.
I care to pay more money this year because I was informed and choose to vote yes to the budget.
Oh by the way, I don’t own a couch. I’m to busy attending town meetings and meeting with our state representatives and writing letters to state officials because I care about the borough, our kids’ future and everything else.
Thank you and other no voters for your efforts to cut local taxes. You saved me an increase of about $20.73 for the year. To bad our governor laughed at your effort to cut local taxes as he signed a tax bill to increase your taxes higher than our local tax increase.