GetReal

Little Rock, AR

#1 Mar 4, 2014
The people have spoken in a non binding vote. Homeowners are tired of carrying the entire tax burden to run this town. Let's see if people really listen to a democracy and this is voted in by the town reps. My guess is they won't listen and they will do exactly what they want even though the majority have spoken. Terrible system, to have so few dictate our taxes. Do the right thing and go the way of the vote! Unless of course you like seeing the middle class homeowner pushed out of their houses? And as far as losing buisness in town, most of the people that own houses are already going to NH to shop because of high property taxes stretching them thin. The atmosphere most shop owners put out keeps people away more than any 1% option tax will. Lastly perhaps one of our own selectboard members should refrain from the conversation due to conflict of interest. Just a thought....
Flat Lander

United States

#2 Mar 5, 2014
ONE % is a lot on top of the SIX% now makes a grand total of AHH the answer is Keene - 7% and even better you get a variety of shops looking for your business. If your going to spend a note or two you will pay for the gas and plenty of free parking and not built on a side of a up and down hills on top of no second floor. The same is true of Bellows Falls and Springfield as well of Wilmington. It's a free country and do as you like.
I Know More Than You

Bennington, VT

#3 Mar 6, 2014
I don't shop in Brattleboro anyway. I have gone to Hinsdale or Keene for any large capital purchase anyway so I don't care. Hopefully, the tourists will pay it and won't stop coming.
Getreal

Little Rock, AR

#4 Mar 24, 2014
Go figure, in good old Brattleboro fashion put it right back on the home owner to fund the town. Even though a sample at the polls wanted the 1% option tax. Good ole democracy in action. Time to throw out the town rep system, broke and does not work. I often wonder how many of them even own their own homes?
Getreal

Little Rock, AR

#5 Mar 24, 2014
At the same time the selectboard goes to state capital to ask for relief for home owners from high propery taxes? That does not even make sense.......open your eyes.
Pete

Essex Junction, VT

#6 Mar 24, 2014
There was another option. You behave as if there are only two, tax property and tax consumers.

Opt for level funding by cutting taxes in other areas of the budget!
Getreal

Little Rock, AR

#7 Mar 24, 2014
Understood, live within your means and do not buy what you cannot afford. Just as you would run your household.
Hello

Jackson, MO

#8 Mar 24, 2014
Getreal wrote:
Understood, live within your means and do not buy what you cannot afford. Just as you would run your household.
I really appreciate your words and the others as well. I agree that ppl need to get real and get involved. I would almost consider moving back to my home state, but I know I can't afford it.
I go to town meetings in this little community I live here and I've only lived here three years. Want to guess how many of the local come to these meetings?

The only time they do is when they want to complain about something and very few have anything positive to offer at all. Middle class? We're not going to have a middle class if we all don't start getting real and change our habits and anything else within our power to make things around us a bit more tolerable. Many don't have what they need and our government is so mecked up .. it's almost as if they don't care about the American ppl and they are being paid well enough they are not suffering as many of us are.

Thanks for letting me share and Peace to you all :)
Getreal

Little Rock, AR

#9 Mar 24, 2014
Well Stated, when I said live within our means I as refering to our local goverment. I agree with 100% of what you stated here Hello. They seem to have a different level of income than we do, so the choices they make don't seem to matter to them.
Getreal

Little Rock, AR

#10 Apr 10, 2014
Not to beat a dead horse, but, if the town reps had done what the vote called for and passed the 1% option tax they would not have had to reject the budget and possibly cost a town employee their job.

People including town goverment need to live with the bare needs in order to get this spending under control. Go back and pass the 1% option tax. Grow a spine town reps and do what you are suppose to, listen to the people whom you are representing.

You are suppose to put your personal agenda on the back shelf and listen to the majority. That is what a democracy is all about. Oh wait, we are a republic not a democracy, my bad!
Flat Lander

United States

#11 Apr 10, 2014
Say what you want or feel but the draw to N.H. is for real. Drive thru any parking lots in N.H. and it is full of Vt. and Mass. plates. Their not there to dream and fun. Use cash so they can't trace you back to avoid paying taxes cause the Vt & Ma. write down plate numbers to seek ? Park at a food store and walk next door to the big box stores

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