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Should the Town of Westborough Support 0% increase in Real Estate Taxes for FY14

For the past five years the Town of Westborough has steadly increased our taxes to a level that puts us in the top 10% of 351 Cities and Towns. Should we limit tax increases year to year.

Lets find out what the tax payers think about 0% increase in our property taxes.

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Stephen Faris December 21, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Folks, We need to limit our tax increase. Everyone is aware of the steep tax increases we have seen for the past several years. A tax payer protection group is needed. What do people think about limiting tax increases for the next 2 fiscal years to 0%? The School Committee just cooked up a 3.07% increase. At the Spring Town Meeting we will introduce a 0% increase Article. This is long overdue. If you are willing to sign the petition, please send me your name by email or reply to this message. We have already 100 interested voters. I would like to grow the list by several hundred. We already have enough for the Article. When we have 1000 I will present this to the Selectmen to see if they are awake. All we need is 200-300 to defeat the tax and spend crowd. Lets make it happen. Steve
arthur December 21, 2012 at 01:51 PM
We should be asking for term limits for school committee
Stephen Faris December 21, 2012 at 02:41 PM
The Real Reason our Taxes are going thru the roof is below: The simple reason Westborough’s taxes keep exploding up compared to the state average is because our exorbitant “levy limit” has never been reduced since it was set in 1980. Since then, most of our major high-tech companies have gone. Once, businesses paid 60% of all our taxes. NOW they pay about 40%. But the levy limit keeps compounding UP each year according to the law of Prop 2 ½. Fairness to homeowners now requires the levy limit be reduced $6 million in this recession. Please comment. Steve
Stephen Faris December 21, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Hi Arthur, Hope we can count on you to sign our petition. We must take our town back. Steve
Jimmy December 22, 2012 at 04:18 AM
I am in too Steve Great thinking - we need to take steps - please email me at jimmy40404@gmail.com, I would like to sign too ..
Jimmy December 22, 2012 at 04:21 AM
I am in too Steve Great thinking - we need to take steps - please email me at jimmy40404@gmail.com
Stephen Faris December 22, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Jimmy, Thanks for your support. The list is growing more rapidly already. We are targetting an under-ride to put it on the ballot. Progress is certain. Steve
Csharris December 24, 2012 at 09:51 AM
Here we go again....you and your cronies sounding off in the press. Why don't you run for elected office and make a real difference?
Stephen Faris December 24, 2012 at 01:39 PM
And why dont you express your opinion on the topic? I am making a difference.
Stephen Faris December 24, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Folks, I need people to step up and express their opinion. This is your town and unless you like the tax and spend crowd, let me know your opinion. Dont let 200-300 people control what you pay. After all the American Revolution was fought on the issue of taxes. Citizen petitions is the way to go here. Step up and make a difference. Happy Holidays to All Steve
Stephen Faris December 24, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Also, If you dont like sounding off, send your email to sjfaris@aol.com. Best Steve
Mike December 24, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Craig Harris for school committee
Andy Koenigsberg December 26, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Steve - Good luck with your effort (seriously).
Stephen Faris December 26, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Thanks Andy, Also, today I filed to run for Selectman. I need 50 signatures. We will see if the towns people are ready for change. Steve
TBH December 26, 2012 at 10:51 PM
On another thread, you stated that Westborough needed the following, "...better security especially at the schools. In Westborough, we have a police officer who goes between the schools and serves as a deterent to nut cases. This security should be tightened in view of Newtown." Where is that money coming from with a 0% increase? Security in the form of uniformed personnel does not come cheap. After Newtown, Westborough schools had increased police presence for one day.
Stephen Faris December 27, 2012 at 12:29 AM
The money comes from a more efficiently run town. Private companies do it all the time. This is a new era where we do more with less. For example, we could ask the town unions to help the town by taking a cut across the board. In exchange we could increase there pay when the economy gets better. We all need to be more creative in how we operate. Otherwise we will go the way of the Roman Empire. What would you suggest TBH? Steve
Stephen Faris December 27, 2012 at 12:38 AM
The money comes from a more efficiently run town. Private companies do it all the time. This is a new era where we do more with less. For example, we could ask the town unions to help the town by taking a cut across the board. In exchange we could increase there pay when the economy gets better. We all need to be more creative in how we operate. Otherwise we will go the way of the Roman Empire. What would you suggest TBH? Steve
Stephen Faris December 27, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Hi All, We as a people need to understand the current economic situation that has been created. I will share what I have found by reading a book called the "The Age of Deleaveraging" by Dr. A Gary Shilling. http://www.agaryshilling.com/ In fact you can get this book at the Westborough library whether your rich or poor for free. The private sector is going thru deleaveraging where prices are dropping and will continue to drop for at least the next 5 years. The public sector has been slow to adopt to the new deflationary world. However, this must and will change over the next 5 years as the World Economy shapes the future of the US. Our standard of living will drop to be better in balance with the rest of the world. So what does this mean for our town? The likely outcome is we will need to be more competitive with lower taxes and more efficient government. And as always, those who refuse to change will perish. Keep that in mind when voting on Articles. Steve
John Matson December 27, 2012 at 01:52 PM
zero real estate tax increase is overdo. sign me up. John Matson
Stephen Faris December 27, 2012 at 03:40 PM
To John Matson, Can you send me your home address and email. Also, can you sign my petition for Selectman? Thanks for stepping up. Steve
Stephen Faris December 27, 2012 at 03:40 PM
John Matson, You could just email me at sjfaris@aol.com Steve
Stephen Faris December 30, 2012 at 09:41 PM
For all those who would like to read about who I am and my objectives in running for Selectman please click on the link below: http://sjfaris.wix.com/stephen-faris# I will try to upgrade this site with real data that people can make judgements. Regards to all, Steve
Rick E Marciano March 05, 2013 at 03:54 AM
Massachusetts Department of Revenue Division of Local Services Municipal Databank/Local Aid Section Underrides Proposition 2½ allows a community to reduce its levy limit by passing an underride. When an underride is passed, the levy limit for the year is calculated by subtracting the amount of the underride. The underride results in a permanent decrease in the levy limit of a community because it reduces the base upon which levy limits are calculated for future years. A majority vote of a community's selectmen, or town or city council (with the mayor's approval if required by law) allows an underride question to be placed on the ballot. ****An underride question may also be placed on the ballot by the residents using a local initiative procedure, if one is provided by law. Underride questions must state a dollar amount and requires a majority vote by the electorate.**** For more information on levy limits, override, underride, capital and debt exclusions. Please view the links under key terms. http://www.mass.gov/dor/local-officials/municipal-data-and-financial-management/data-bank-reports/proposition-2-12.html

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