Beginning of the new "norm"
To the Editor:
Governor LePage sent a letter to town officials concerning a proposal to stop revenue sharing funds from the state to the municipalities.
In it he requests and I quote: “It is easy to find fault and hard to find solutions. I welcome any suggestions town officials have to cut elsewhere in the state budget, but it is time for everyone to set complaints aside and offer solutions. If you have serious ideas for consideration, please do not hesitate to contact my office."
Folks, because there is no money for this funding, Dixfield taxpayers will need to cough up an additional $245,000 through property taxes, which means another increase to your tax bill.
The Governor knows there is no way out of debt, but to pay it off. The state pays for many things so the towns don’t have to, like Medicare, pensions, welfare, state roads, a mandated portion of education, etc. The revenue sharing funds were the gifts of much better economic times.
A responsible budget accounts for income expected to match outlays needed. A decrease in income means a decrease in outlays. This isn’t rocket science. Anyone with a household budget knows the way it is.
We are in the beginnings of the new “norm.” The magic of spending money expected to be there in the future is no longer a solution. What is real to every household that is biting the bullet needs to be dictated, explained, alerted and voiced to those who decide the town’s spending.
During these uncertain economic times, would you go out and borrow money? If you feel the pinch of inflation, increased prices, higher utility bills and live with less now, you have a great deal to offer as advice to those that prepare the town budget, even if it is to raise your hand to vote for less spending to give relief to soaring property taxes.