Questions for an informed decision
To the Editor:
Did I miss the following points at Rumford meetings or in the newspaper about the present proposed town budget?
What will the tax rate be if the present proposed Rumford town budget is passed?
The state’s circuit-breaker program to relieve lower income and retired citizens from the burden of property taxes is to be drastically slashed. Does this mean more low income and retiree property owners in Rumford will not get the tax help they did in the past?
How will reduction in revenue sharing from the state, which I understand from my state senator will be a loss of $200,000 in each of the next two years for Rumford, affect property taxes?
How will the state’s reduction of school funding that school districts have to make up affect taxpayers?
What will be the outcome of the paper mill valuation for taxpayers when it is completed?
How much will be carried over this year to some town accounts as happened last year? In August of 2012, $1.58 million was carried forward in 22 town accounts. This money was appropriated over the years, but not spent, according to the town manager's statement in the Sun Journal, which suggests budgets have been too high for some time.
I would think some of these points, and possibly others, would be good for citizens to know if they are to make informed decisions when they vote August 27.