I am extremely disturbed at the prospect of passage of the so-called Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Proponents have claimed that local control will not be adversely affected. After reading the bill, I have concluded that passage of TABOR will destroy local control and decimate rural Maine.
The imposition of a formula to control budgets will remove the budget process from local control. We will witness tyranny of a minority. Towns will have no choices; they will have to cut budgets immediately.
Fuel or insurance increases, natural calamities, adverse weather conditions – all these things could wipe out a town budget.
Small rural schools could be wiped out by a few families moving in or out of an area.
TABOR could destroy Maine.
Roger A. Roy