Mexico voters made a statement
To the Editor:
As the old saying goes, "It ain't over until the fat lady sings." Well, I am singing and it's a happy tune!
The citizens of Mexico came out to vote and they made a statement. We have had enough. Now, we just have to wait for what happens next.
This should be the end of our struggle to lower our taxes. Not so -- we are going to be attacked from all department heads and employees. I can see where they are coming from because it is their paychecks that might be cut but it is our dollars paying them and we have decided that too much is too much. Do you know anyone who received a 3 percent raise and a big raise in their insurance premium yet they didn't have to contribute anymore?
I was upset when the town manager said those who started this ordinance idea will be responsible for closing down the police department. Thank you for the compliment that we have such power but that is not a true statement. The voters approved the spending cap.
Now it is up to the selectmen where they want to spend the money. If they want to keep the library open fulltime and the rec building open and not use the money for police -- they will do it not me. If they choose to go this route, the voters will approve it or turn it down again.
As to the statement that the rec director needed a teacher with a master's degree to understand the ordinance, my answer to this is, "Are you smarter than a fifth grader?" I felt it was very clear and not misleading.
When explaining this cap, I said no essential services need to be eliminated under this cap. Some cuts but not eliminated. The people understood and they voted and they spoke loud and clear now we will just have to see how much resistance the town manager and some of the selectmen give to us.
These are our elected selectmen who are supposed to represent us and listen to the people's wishes. We shall see who does and who does not.
Also to be considered is the fact that our town will probably receive only 60 percent of what it usually gets from the state. Who will make up the difference? Answer -- the local taxpayers. All the more reason we need cuts as our taxes will go up, up, up.
On June 25 at the selectmen's meeting, all of this should come up -- please try to come.
Your taxes, your dollars.