• Another idea for Montpelier
    February 24,2012
     

    @Normal:Another idea for Montpelier

    I have an idea: All of Barre should immediately support Mayor Mary Hooper’s proposed local option taxes to be voted on at Town Meeting.

    If the City Council can be made to believe that these 1 percent increases won’t affect businesses too negatively, then every Barre resident and business owner has a duty to encourage that belief. Just think; these taxes could be an extra push for Barre’s businesses.

    As a visitor to Montpelier, who happens to be budget-minded, it would absolutely be worth it to me to drive the extra 6 miles to Barre for any purchases or meals over $6. To get there, I’ll continue to take back routes to avoid Montpelier’s crumbled infrastructure.

    Of the estimated $570,000 these taxes are supposed to generate, how much is actually going to go to fixing streets and sidewalks?

    The plans specifically for the local sales tax revenue are the most offensive: 30 percent to the state and 70 percent to the city’s general fund, with promises of using some of that money to promote the very businesses the tax is gouging.

    Why can’t the City Council and City Manager Bill Fraser make some cuts? Perhaps from the top with cuts to administrative costs?

    With Montpelier’s municipal tax burden the highest in the state and their roads in tatters, I think the very last people to pay for the current state of affairs are the business owners, who are hoping that those circling for a place to park don’t give up and keep driving.

    Tracy Staples

    Worcester

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