Sidewalk Snow Plow, Seriously

I strongly object to a general tax that does not benefit the majority of taxpayers. Save the $153,000 and reduce our property taxes.

is almost upon us. The warrant articles are available on the town’s website.

Article 27 is interesting in that the town wants all the residents to pay $153,000 for a new sidewalk snow plow that will only benefit a chosen few living in the central part of town. The town presently clears the sidewalks of business and homes close to the downtown area and close to some schools. The rest of us are required to clear away our own snow. Seriously.

This is just my opinion, but let everybody clear their own snow. Some may say that it is good for business. Well then let businesses, which pay the same tax rate as residents, clear their own sidewalks. Alternatively those who have the Town clear snow should pay for the snow plow or pay a fee for the service.

I strongly object to a general tax that does not benefit the majority of taxpayers. Save the $153,000 and reduce our property taxes.

Please attend the April 23, 2012 Town Meeting at the High School to defeat this and other extravagant expenditures. Don’t let a few special interests run your town.

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Postman April 17, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Is this not a tough sell after the winter we just had. Might have been easier after last year's? If they can find a way to save the $ from another area or at least a good portion of it, then I'm on board. I have a feeling they won't though.
Chris L. April 17, 2012 at 01:18 PM
This isn't exactly Worcester we're talking about.
The Troll of Northborough April 21, 2012 at 07:28 PM
@Jb I'm saying when the state pushes 2 lanes of snow onto the sidewalk in front of my house, how am I as a home owner to deal with a snow bank 12 feet tall? How is any home owner. If I blow snow into the street I get fined, yet the state can put 2 lanes of snow ( about 20 feet width) onto the area I am supposed to clear.
Chris L. April 21, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Perhaps JB can come shovel sidewalks downtown. You know...civic duty...saving the town some money and all... Honestly, democracy really isn't supposed to be all about you. Maybe an elderly resident downtown could sue the town after suffering a heart attack shoveling what used to be plowed. But hey, a sidewalk plow would be cheaper than that, wouldn't it?
The Troll of Northborough June 28, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Seeing how the mentality seems to be its the land owners issue, Now that the power company is trimming the trees of the land owners that have failed to keep limbs and such clear from power lines, they will be getting the bill right, I don’t want to pay a higher rate for all these people with trees that need to be trimmed, fairs fair isn’t it?


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