April 06, 2020

Too good to be true

Your reporter apparently misunderstood my point at the recent Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce meeting (BDN, Sept. 21).

Although the question on Maine’s ballot to limit tax increases might sound attractive, it is too good to be true. The proposal does not deliver tax reform, will cut public services, will deprive town meetings and local councils of their current ability to set budgets, will require costly referendums and lawsuits, will particularly hurt parts of the state that now receive more state aid, and ironically could lead as in Colorado to increased property taxes as state aid to municipalities will decrease.

I certainly do not agree with Question 1, as suggested in your report of the meeting. I urge readers to ask their municipal and school leaders what the effects would be in your town, and vote no on Question 1.

Christopher St. John

Maine Center for Economic Policy


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