You are wrong on many issues. First, you lower the tax rate as businesses do not go for that BS of lower tax rates for three years. Lower it permanently!<quoted text>
Tax breaks don't work period because when the tax breaks are over the company moves out. It has nothing to do with the business tax rate. Owner's now seek and plan to start a business where tax breaks are offered but what they don't tell anyone is that they are not planning to stay afterwards no matter how low the tax rate is. They can show a loss when filing their income tax and not pay taxes because of the tax breaks and make a few hidden bucks for 3 years.
Are you saying elders need tax breaks? I have never heard of this anywhere. Next a newly graduated college couple will want tax breaks on their first home because they have college loans. Giving elders tax breaks will lead to other people seeking tax breaks because of financial burdens. Everyone will have a reason for tax breaks then.
I agree we do not need consultants. They are just college graduates that carry a degree in economics who most likely have no idea about the area. They will just review other communities that are successful and tell us that we need to do the same thing they did. So, give me the $100K and I will consult for the city and I don't need a degree.
Consultants only tell the city what needs to be done, they don't tell the city HOW to do it. Over the last 20 years we wasted more money (around $1 million) on researchers, consultants, studies etc. that would could have been used to hire more cops.
Freezing raises is okay because there are NO raises for the employees anyways. Who is getting a raise?
Unitil is a private company with a legal contract with the city for 99 years. There is nothing we can do about Unitil. Our leaders in the 50's could have never know that power was going to be a financial issue back then. Back then just finding a power company to come into any city was very rare so they wanted to lock-in Unitil with a long contract.
Vacant homes are still owned by someone or a bank. You cannot force a private owner to keep up their property as long as they pay the taxes on it. I talked to a bank representative that owns a foreclosed home. They stated they will never fix a vacant home and actually wait for several years until it falls apart. The land is worth more than the home.
Water and sewer raises had to be made or else we would have had to pay thousands of dollars every day. These raises were used to upgrade the treatment plant and sewer system that was federally mandated to bring it up to code. We lost the West Fitchburg treatment plant because Munksjo paper was picking up the entire tab for that and stopped doing so.
As for contract negotiations, contracts are legally binding documents and cannot be changed unless both sides agree to the new terms. If a union gives up something then the city must give them something in return. The city cannot just remove something that is in any contract. It is against the law. The contracts in place now actually have articles that have taken decades to negotiate.
And of course seniors get tax breaks such as boston as long as you live in the home.
This is why Bean is a sentinel choice; you don't agree with them? Beans' administration created todays debt.
Who is getting a raise? There are cost of living raises which only city employees have gotten while everyone else has gotten nothing.
The Fire Chief got a hefty 40% raise in salary.
Unitil runs as a monopoly as the city of Fitchburg has no right to OK a monopoly.The city doesn't pay Unitil as they use a different energy company.
Look at the Rhode Island teachers contract and research which federal laws were being utilized.
Land is inexpensive in Fitchburg, wrong again!