“We have already lost 8 million over the last three years. We will have to be prepared to deal with losing a minimum of 3 million a year from here on out. These cuts don’t hurt wealthy people these cuts hit middle class homeowners, middle class parents, and all citizens who would like to see adequate police, fire and public works in their town or city,” said Bangor City Councilor Joe Baldacci. “We should be focusing on long-term investments that will grow our economy with bonds. We must invest in our workforce and families with an increase the minimum wage, job training, early childhood education, affordable higher education and property tax relief.”
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Bangor, Maine might be forced to raise property taxes next year because of LePage’s budget proposal. If passed all Maine towns and cities will carry the burden of no more state revenue sharing- meaning they will have to pay for certain needed services without state funds. Photo by Ramona du Houx
People across the state, across the political spectrum, have noticed that while Gov. Paul LePage has been in office their property taxes have risen. But how many know the culprit has been the governor’s budgets that have made drastic cuts to municipalities by slashing state revenue sharing funds? Without this needed source of money cities have had few options to pay for the services they provide. Many towns have laid-off first responders, cut services to people, and increased property taxes.
And the cycle could get worse if LePage is able to steamroll this $6.3 billion, two-year state spending package through the legislature. The governor is doing his best to sell his budget as a plan that brings tax relief to Maine families and small businesses. But the opposite is the reality. Continue reading →