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To the editor,
What does national and global news have to do with Northborough’s town election? Nations are broke. The European Union is broke and may dissolve. Europe purchases much of our exports and their problems affect us. This is the worst global recession in modern times. Millions of our countrymen and neighbors are out of work and those who are working are getting minimal or no annual raises. The global economy is bad, we are part of it, and it will not be better soon. It is time for austerity.
At the same time our town will be spending $1.9 million more in FY2013, or 4 percent more. New growth has increased tax revenue over the past two years by $1.8 million, and yet the administration finds a way to spend even more. School budgets, accounting for almost 60 percent of the total, increased by 4.4 percent, or $1.2 million. The Appropriations Committee unanimously approved every one of the spending articles. Nobody in the entire administration could find a budget cut! Do they think we won’t notice?
The Selectmen, the Town Administrator, the Appropriations and Finance Committees and the School Committees are using new growth revenue plus added taxes as their windfall to fund many, easy to work with, fat budgets. Taxpayers, on the other hand, have shrinking budgets while looking for relief in the form of, at least, level town spending. It is clear that the present government believes, in light of poor voter turnout, that there is no need to listen to the residents. The Selectmen and the School Committees need to get a message that budget increases on the order of 4 percent are outrageous in this economy.
At Candidates Night the School Committee candidates all said they were nice people, but none of them even mentioned the increasing budget. The only way they will get the message is to vote all incumbents out. Even unopposed incumbents should not get a vote. Send a clear message on May 14 that the residents are in charge and long-time incumbents should listen. I'm mad as h-e-double hockey sticks. If you are too, then vote them all out.
Charles Caliri, Northborough resident