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Leaders: Taxpayers Can’t Afford To Pay Any More
Vow to fight tooth and nail against any proposal to raise property taxes
Boston - Citing the poor economy and the already
high tax burden, House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. and
Senate Minority Leader Richard R. Tisei today vowed to fight
against any legislative proposal that would allow cities and
towns to raise property taxes on the people of Massachusetts.
This comes after learning that the House Ways and
Means Committee proposed allowing municipalities to raise
property taxes outside of the constraints of the so-called
“proposition 2½ limits” without a local vote.
Given the negative economic climate in
Massachusetts, the top Republicans in the House and Senate were
outraged to hear that a legislator could be so disconnected to
think taxpayers could afford to pay another dollar in property
“It’s simply mind-boggling that in a time when
foreclosure initiations spiked more than 20% from last month, a
Democratic lawmaker on Beacon Hill could have the audacity to
suggest raising taxes, yet again,” said Representative Jones.
“If this isn’t a slap in the face to the taxpayers, I don’t know
what is,” the House Republican Leader added.
On Monday, the Massachusetts House of
Representatives will take up a Municipal Relief Bill, which
contains the proposal. Representative Jones has already filed an
amendment that would strike out the language permitting the
increase of property taxes absent an override vote.
Citizens for Limited Taxation estimates that
property owners could see as much as $550 million in additional
property taxes if the proposal is adopted during Monday’s
“This is just another glaring example of
one-party rule run amok on Beacon Hill,” said Senator Tisei.
“The Governor and the Democratic leadership have raised taxes by
more than a billion dollars over the last two fiscal years,
driving the Commonwealth’s economy further into the ground.
Adding to that burden will only further hurt the state’s
competitiveness and tug at the purse strings of hardworking
families across the state.”
Republican lawmakers in both the House and Senate
have offered hundreds of millions of dollars in cost saving
initiatives over the last three budget cycles and they plan to
do the same this year as well.