Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Springfield town budget up 1.5 percent

The proposed 2017-18 town budget is $11.18 million, which shows a $166,085 increase over last year and reflects a 1.5 percent spending increase.

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  1. And no one will blink an eye.....

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  2. Hire a consultant to handle code enforcement?? Reminds me of the commercial where the bank security guard says "It's a robbery" then does nothing. ARE YOU PEOPLE NUTS, OR ARE WE FOR PUTTING UP WITH THIS CRAP!!!!!!

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  3. How in the world are we residents supposed to keep up with this? I'd be surprised if anyone's salary were keeping pace with these kinds of increases.

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  4. Here is a way to save some money: plow the roads less!!!
    There is no reason to plow three or more times when it only snow maybe 1/4-1/2 inch (which I have witnessed many times) or even,wait..., when it might snow a whopping 1-2 inches. I am serious. It is completely unnecessary. The savings would pay for paving.

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    1. And yet in recent storms, the roads were not treated quickly and often enough and were horrendous. There are people who have to get out and about to work regardless of the weather.

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    2. I am not sure what street you live on but isn't the case where I am. As dar as coding enforcement. What about Kearns? The town won't enforce basic violations and leaves it to the property owner.

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  5. looking to move now! This is down right outrageous!! I have been a resident my whole life, I have tried to stick it out with all the down falls this town is going through. But I simply can not afford to live in this town any longer. So for me, I will have to TRY and sell the home I was born and raised in, raised my family in and love....but I just can't keep my head above water with these taxes!! This breaks my heart.

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    1. Vermont caps property taxes at 4% of your income, unless you live in a house worth more than 250k and make more than 137k per year. How the hell ANYONE could be struggling to pay property taxes under these conditions is beyond belief. Sounds like an ideological problem, if you're making that much. Good luck finding it better somewhere else!

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    2. When my escrow is almost double of my mortgage payment, there is a problem. Property taxes could be
      much lower if the town focused on business, rather than increased social services.

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    3. If that 4% cap were true, I would be paying half of what I am currently paying. Bottom line, Springfield's taxes are too high. We're paying more every year and getting less. Something needs to change.

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    4. Wow. Your "escrow is double your mortgage payment." When I hear things like that, I hear "Damn, I hate paying for my expensive lifestyle." I've been paying property taxes out of pocket for 32 years. Mostly in states where you DID'T get a break! Sounds to me like you need to restructure your "portfolio," like so many others have had to. Sorry, pal, things are tough all over.

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  6. chuck gregory12/23/16, 12:27 PM

    "Focused on business" is worth looking into.

    Last year we voted $100,000 to create four cellar holes. If we had voted that to establish a "Purely Vermont" boutique in one of those cities where entrepreneurships bloom, we could be advertising to them how much better it would be for them to get away from the drought, earthquakes, daily traffic jams, wildfires, floods, unaffordable homes and high taxes of their present situation.

    Tom Watson put an IBM plant in Vermont for some of those reasons. I know of a company down south whose owners want to move it to Vermont.

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    1. Is the company 'industrial', Chuck? we have a place for that.

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