May 23, 2019

Hermon tax priorities

I’m a resident of Hermon. I went to the landfill Sept. 10 with a load of brush. I drive a small pickup truck with a short body.

I started unloading and the attendant came over and asked me my name. I told him and continued to unload. I noticed he was making out a receipt and I asked what it was for. He told me it was going to cost $5 to dispose of my load. I became very upset and told him I wasn’t paying anything until I checked with the town office.

In the meantime the road manager drove up and asked what the matter was. I said I never had to previously pay to discard brush. He said the town council approved this policy. I had never seen any notice pertaining to this action. Unfortunately, I paid the $5.

Then again, we have trash pickup every Wednesday. On two different occasions this summer, my trash – all neatly bagged and placed curbside – wasn’t all taken by the trash truck. It seemed the trash people only took what they felt like and left the rest, which was three bags on one occasion and one on the other. This cost is coming from our property taxes, which continue to rise handsomely every year.

The average cost of new housing in Hermon is $200,000 and up. Where is all this tax money going? Property owners, we should be addressing this. First, there should be a notification of all town council meeting agendas. One place to start saving money is by discontinuing the sanding at Patten and Webber drives.

George Walsh


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