Lately, I have been seeing a lot of press about tax reform. It seems strange to me that only after some citizens’ group got 100,000 signatures that the folks in Augusta now want to tackle the issue they have avoided for decades.

With people screaming for property tax reductions and the popular threat of requiring the state to pay 55 percent of K-12 education costs, the people of Maine will do the Legislature’s work for it this coming November when we shift back all the education costs Augusta repeatedly fails to fund.

The upcoming 2-year state budget is going to dump millions more dollars of burden on the property tax. Our Augusta “leadership” just doesn’t get what’s happening in towns and schools across Maine.

If Maine had fulfilled the 55 percent promise it made years ago it wouldn’t have a referendum “gun” to its head now.

Dennis Green, Lisbon Falls

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