As you follow the ongoing
debate about “no new taxes” pledges, and, as you compile the
costs of Occupy Boston, in order to report them to us, keep
this in mind: once the police overtime, clean-up and other
costs exceed the money already budgeted by City Hall for
citizen protests, the money will not come from taxpayers.
Proposition 2½ protects Boston property taxpayers from
paying more for this – no override to cover Occupy Boston
expenses will ever pass. At the state level, with several
incumbents having lost in 2010, there seems to be little
will for raising taxes.
In the past, Beacon Hill used the excuse of local aid cuts
to justify tax increases. Now state taxpayers will resist
giving our income/sales taxes to a mayor who lets his
streets be occupied by groups that aren’t paying for
So the costs will be borne by those departments that serve
the Boston public: public safety, public education, human
services, public works. Boston taxpayers as citizen
consumers should be outraged. The Boston poor should be
speaking out against the occupiers.
This is why CLT supports property tax limits and the “no new
taxes” pledge. Let the politicians deal with the budget