On April 9th, the citizens of Richmond sent a loud message: "We have done more with less. You need to do more with less!" Our elected officials heard the message. But, instead of addressing the underlying problems, they came up with a faux budget designed to elicit the headline "Level funded." The budget includes some mysterious cuts, usage of the surplus, and STILL includes a tax increase for Richmond. This is unacceptable. It is the responsibility of elected officials to make their decisions transparent. Instead they have worked hard to put out information that is both complex and misleading. A key objection to the budget is the use of the surplus. This is, in effect, taking a credit card out in the name of the taxpayers. It is, literally, an admission that they are coming after YOU, the taxpayer, for even more money in the future. And, they still want more taxes out of the Richmond residents this year.
We currently are in the top 4%, NATIONWIDE, for property taxes. We have given enough!
While any support is appreciated, I would like to acknowledge the enormous effort put forth by the Richmond Republican Town Committee! If you would like to help their, effort, they can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our schools are one of the best funded in the county. It is time to expect more from our elected officials!
.....Taxpayer Alert.....Richmond Residents.....Vote No!.....May 14th.....8am to 8pm.....HL Arnold Fire Station.....Rt 112.....Richmond.....
Gina - Richmond Townhouse Road
"We are now paying more in property taxes than we do in groceries. Our taxes have gone up over 50% since 2004! I expect our leaders to manage this problem. They are not. So I am voting NO on the budget on May 14th."
Andy - Gardner Road
"Richmond taxes have gone from being affordable to being a burden. There's no good reason for it. I want a return to affordability and the kind of budget restraint we practice in my family."
Keven - New London Turnpike
"Enough already! I have been furloughed twice from my job and many of my friends that did lose their jobs have finally found new jobs but at lower pay. My family drives older cars. We do everything we can to save money; my own car repairs, clip coupons, my own house repairs. I sell stuff on craigslist to get a little extra money. But I am just not keeping pace anymore.
Families have been sacrificing and scraping by for years now. Why can't our school district control it's budget growth? Why does our town have to have more money every year? Why do my property taxes have to continually rise? I bought my house near the peak of the market in 2004. There's no way I could move and sell my house and break even. Gas and heating oil are staying high and food prices haven't come down much either. I can't afford it anymore. Every month it's harder and harder to make ends meet and my family has to make due with less, it's just not fair! We need LOWER TAXES!"