LETTER: Make town live within its budget

To the editor:

Town Administrator Kezer was recently quoted as saying, “The point has come where we’re not replenishing free cash at the rate we’re spending, and that’s driving a big part of the deficit.”

Let me translate: We spent more money that we have, and now you homeowners must pay the difference.

You see, the School Committee and the Select Board have signed contracts with teachers and town employees promising increases that we, the town, can’t afford.  

Furthermore, they knew this when they signed the contracts, and they did it anyway.  

As a former Finance Committee member, I lost my position shortly after I voted against pay raises for teachers and town employees. I objected to the raises because the town leaders would not tell me if the raises would outstrip revenue in the coming years. Sound familiar?

So, I guess the subsequent Finance Committee appointees learned not to ask this question — and here we are.

Proposition2 ½ limits property tax growth to 2 ½% year over year. Giving raises over 2 1/2% just about guarantees the situation we find ourselves in now, and our town leaders do this all the time.

Stop this insanity.

You live within your budget, make the town do the same.

P.S. You can blame the schools mostly for this mess. At contract time, they send in professional negotiators to face our town volunteers on the School Committee. The School Committee is overmatched and routinely gives away the store. The town employee unions, knowing they cannot match the firepower of the school union negotiators, simply ask for “what the teachers got.” That is how it works.

P.P.S. Stand by for the threats that if you don’t approve the override, gone will be theater, art, sports, music, along with limited police and fire. So, your kids will be stupid, you will get robbed and your house will burn down.

Jack Buba

Palmer Road

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