The CCA Party wants it to be about fear and false information
By Will Collette
This budget proposes a tax rate of $10.10, the highest since
2004 and the seventh tax hike under the CCA Party.
SOURCE: Town Tax Assessor
You need to decide where you stand on four separate issues:
TOWN BUDGET – this budget will increase your tax rate to $10.10, the highest it’s been since 2004. It will be the seventh straight tax hike.
WARRANT QUESTION #1: Authorizes another $2 million to buy yet more open space even though more than 50% of Charlestown is already open space.
WARRANT QUESTION #2: Authorizes the CCA Party-controlled Town Council to give away property rights to the last big bloc of open space that town taxpayers paid $2.14 million to buy to an outside organization largely run by cronies of the CCA Party. Classic pay to play.
PETITION #1: Authorizes $1 million to commence with long-neglected maintenance at Ninigret Park and long-stalled improvements. This item was put on the ballot as the result of a petition by a non-partisan group of citizens.
Personally, and speaking for no one else but me, I will be voting NO to all the above items, including the budget, except for Petition #1 where I will vote YES to carry out work that desperately needs doing at Ninigret Park.
Just about every household has gotten mailers, maybe some e-mails or saw the opinion pieces run in the Westerly Sun or on-line that make arguments for and against all of the various items. You will need to sift through all the material, weigh the facts (hopefully checking to see which come with sources and proof and which are just opinion masquerading as fact), check your gut, use your common sense and decide.
Curiously, though very little attention has been focused on the budget which is, to me, one of the worst of the three items coming before the voters.
The Budget – I will vote NO
The CCA Party has raised taxes each and every single year they have controlled Charlestown government. Their own members get their own tax deals through exemptions, conservation easements, the Farm, Forest and Open Space program, lower assessments and fake fire districts while working families have to find more money every year to pay their property taxes.
The CCA Party has rebuffed efforts to bring tax relief to working families in order to defend the interests of wealthy non-resident property owners. Those wealthy non-residents supply 60% of the CCA Party’s funding.