"Or, after running the numbers, a 1 percent sales tax increase for 10 years would accomplish the same thing - without the painful, and possibly harmful, cuts.
The tax, essentially one penny for every dollar spent,...."
What is claimed as a 1% sales tax increase is actually a 25% tax increase. Adding "...essentially one penny for every dollar..." changes the rate to 5%. Increasing the rate to 5% is a 25% increase to the town's present 4% sales tax rate.
Perhaps a 25% increase in the town's sales tax rate is necessary, I certainly do not know. If it is necessary, those promoting the additional tax should be honest in describing the 25% increase.