Selectmen must face economic facts
To the Editor:
The last budget voting results in Mexico have sent a loud and clear message to the selectmen -- You must trim your budget. We can no longer tolerate those high and ever escalating property taxes.
The income per capita in Mexico is 24 percent less than the Maine average and 31 percent less than the national average. The median household income in Mexico is 9.1 percent less than the Maine average and 26 percent less than the national average.
The poverty level in Mexico is 38.3 percent greater than the Maine average and 46.3 percent greater than the national average. Yet higher than average property taxes are eating a larger part of a lower than average income!
Clearly such economic data combined with the voters' reject of their budget are calling upon the selectmen to go back to the drawing board in order to reduce municipal expenses and to bring back our town into a livable fiscal climate.
The voters have given the Mexico town's fathers an unequivocal mandate and the expenses in all departments must be re-examined.
Over the past decades many suggestions to curtail expenses have been made to the selectmen during budget procedures. Sadly they have been ignored but now voters have indicated that this approach no longer works nor should be tolerated.
The immediate issue is to put our town in fiscal order and this call for financial responsibility has also been heard in Rumford. It is evident that the survival in the valley will hinge on sharing services with adjoining towns.
Our populations have strunk by 50 to 60 percent over the past 30 years. The level of municipal service must reflect those changes!
Albert Aniel, MD