If I offended anyone at the recent RSU 16 (Minot, Mechanic Falls and Poland) budget meeting with my remarks about fixed-income residents living in homes they own, I apologize. I was trying to make the point that the “we-have-citizens-on-fixed-income” argument is often used to justify rejecting any tax increases.
I didn’t state my case clearly and, according to two people who approached me after the meeting, I left the unfortunate impression that I don’t appreciate the plight of many residents struggling to meet expenses in this lengthy economic downturn. I should have chosen my words more carefully.
But that doesn’t change the fact that the increase approved that night is a minimal but necessary investment in the next generation. For those who own a $300,000 house in Minot, taxes will go up roughly $20 a month. A residence of equal value in Poland or Mechanic Falls will cost an extra $12-$13 a month; a $150,000 house, about $6.
I plan to vote for our children in the budget validation referendum May 17.
Dave Griffiths, Mechanic Falls
Chairman, RSU 16 School Committee