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Frustration And Anger Over Taxes

To the Editor:

I want to thank John Kortze for having organized the Open Forum on senior property taxes on October15 and his observation that there was over 300 residents at the meeting. I believe The Bee reporter who wrote that there were about 100 people must not have not taken the time to actually count heads, as I and others did. The League of Senior Voters as a coalition was started by a number of senior residents from different communities out of frustration and after failed attempts with meetings with top town officials.

  We came to this meeting to restate our concerns and frustrations over the fact that senior condo owners and others were targeted to pay the outrageous real estate tax increases, while the rest of the town residents had little or no tax increases. We as seniors have our pensions, our social security, and our IRA distributions taxed and get few services. Those with school children get federal tax deductions and the town spends over $14,000 per student, in addition to all the other town services. We remain frustrated and angry, especially when we learned of the increases and were unable to appeal in may since the appeal process period had passed.

I spoke for the senior condo owners hoping that both sides could collaborate to overcome the hurdle but reminded the town officials that some senior homeowners have retained an attorney to dispute their assessments. Residents are pursuing this action in greater numbers  because they are convinced that nothing concrete will be done this year or next to correct the inequity.

It is very important that the town officials realize that this frustration and anger has spread not only to other home owners of waterfront and McMansions but also to other residents who have been impacted by these increases. The concluding observation by Pat Llodra in The Bee article that these sharp tax increases are not unique to Newtown but happening throughout Connecticut and New England will not pacify our segment of the population that is very agitated and organized by the fact that the tax increases were not equitably distributed.

The town's credibility is now at stake. This situation does not speak well for Newtown leaders going forward.

Newtown has had a reputation for excessive spending over the years. This observation has been expressed by past and current town officials. The town has to spend millions to pay off the accumulated debt which takes up about 25 percent of the town budget every year. Any town with this burden eventually can get in trouble and here we are.  But we have 9 million dollars in reserve and it is expected that 24 % of the taxpayers will pay the new tax increases.

Rudy Magnan

60 Watkins Drive, Sandy Hook                        October 22, 2013

(EDITOR's NOTE: According to school officials, the capacity of the lecture hall where the forum took place is 165 persons, including standees and instructors. A picture of the event can be seen here.)

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Comments

PROPERTY TAXES

SUCK IT UP may be a harsh version, but the reality is spot on

Yes, parents with children may seem to gain a bonanza with school usage, but that has/is the way it goes. If one is an empty nester regardless of age, the tax rate is based on the property, not the number of inhabitants. Even, never nesters such as myself (no children) must also acknowledge this practice also.

I don't enjoy the tax bill...nobody does. All I ask is that the tax dollars be used WISELY. A child's education is no doubt the most significant place to do so. This does not mean every course, subject known to mankind need be included.

WISE SPENDING, PLEASE!!!

PROPERTY TAXES

SUCK IT UP may be a harsh version, but the reality is spot on

Yes, parents with children may seem to gain a bonanza with school usage, but that has/is the way it goes. If one is an empty nester regardless of age, the tax rate is based on the property, not the number of inhabitants. Even, never nesters such as myself (no children) must also acknowledge this practice also.

I don't enjoy the tax bill...nobody does. All I ask is that the tax dollars be used WISELY. A child's education is no doubt the most significant place to do so. This does not mean every course, subject known to mankind need be included.

WISE SPENDING, PLEASE!!!

Suck it up

Seniors aren't a privileged class. You helped get us to this crazy spending level, now help us get out. Stop trying to cut your own separate deal.

Property Taxes

I sent an email to Pat Llodra regarding our frustration over all the increase in our taxes and she never responded back. When we moved here in 2002, our taxes were approx. $5,000 now they are over $14,000. How can they do this to the people of this town and get away with it! We are forced to move out of town.

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