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Once again the tax-and-spend people want a Proposition two and a half override and higher taxes.

The FinCom put together a balanced budget with recommendations that reflected cuts in all of the town departments, including the school. This is what was on the town warrant that was mailed out to everyone. It is a fair recommendation because it reflects cuts in all of the town departments and the school equally.

In these hard times that we all live in, it is fair and reasonable to ask everyone to live within their own budgets. We are all living in a recession, and now is not the time for higher taxes. The tax-and-spend people never come up with any fresh ideas or innovative ideas on how to make town government more efficient and cost effective. All they can think of is higher taxes.

Putting more of your hard-earned money into a broken system doesn’t solve anyone’s problems. There must be a balance between wants and needs. Out West, fires are raging out of control. The Midwest is under water due to floods and this is where all our food is grown. Tornadoes have ripped through the South causing much carnage and damage.

The Iraq and Afghanistan wars continue on, costing an untold amount of money and human lives. Home heating oil, gasoline, groceries, health insurance and prescription drugs continue to rise. Prescription drugs have become so expensive that many senior citizens and people on fixed incomes don’t even fill their prescriptions or must take drastic measures like splitting pills or even skipping doses.

The Iraq and Afghanistan wars continue on, costing an untold amount of money and human lives. Home heating oil, gasoline, groceries, health insurance and prescription drugs continue to rise. Prescription drugs have become so expensive that many senior citizens and people on fixed incomes don’t even fill their prescriptions or must take drastic measures like splitting pills or even skipping doses.

Our economy is in shambles. Foreclosures are at a all-time high. Jobs are being outsourced and big companies are downsizing and are taking away many employees’ health insurance, benefits and pensions. The stock market is at an all-time low and people’s 401Ks and other investments are all in jeopardy. Property values have drastically fallen and your house is not worth what it was a year ago.

Because of all of these tragedies and bad economy, one can expect that after the presidential election the federal government will raise their taxes to cover all of these disasters. Everything that everyone needs just to exist is rising higher and higher. Higher taxes will hurt a lot of people.

A lot of senior citizens, people on fixed incomes and people who have lost their jobs are all going to be hard pressed just to survive and get through this winter. The tax-and-spend people seem to be oblivious to all of this reality, and in the real world the majority of people cannot afford higher taxes when they are just trying to survive on what they have to live on.

People on fixed incomes and the senior citizens know all too well what a burden this is to them. Higher taxes are just unrealistic at this time. So I say to the tax-and-spend people — beware! You could lose your jobs someday due to outsourcing and downsizing and then maybe you will realize how hard it is to live on a fixed income and just survive.

Every household in the town of Shirley has to live within their own budgets and do with less. It is not unreasonable to expect town government to do the same in these economically hard times that we all live in. Vote no to higher taxes.

We can’t tax our way out of the town’s budget problems or put more burdens on the already overtaxed people in Shirley. We need fresh ideas and more cost-effective government that addresses the needs of all of the people.

It is hard times for all and everyone has to get by with less in this less-than-perfect world that we all live in today. Say no to the Proposition two and a half override!

Now is not the time for higher taxes!

JOHN BOTTINO

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