Friday, April 12, 2002
Heard around Town:
Taxes How much is too much?
Carlisle Mosquito reporter Anne Marie Brako asked town residents about tax issues facing the town. On Saturday, April 6, she stopped residents at the Mosquito Trash Party central station on Lowell Road. Five people would not comment for the record. Eight people did share their thoughts. All were registered voters. Questions included the following:
"I'm concerned about the impact on the school of the budget cuts and the overrides. I definitely think we should do some of those overrides, if not all the way, at least half of the way."
Peter Traynor, Rutland Street (Republican)
first concern is that taxes are going up, and they're going up higher
than the rate of inflation. I think there has to be moderation in increases.
I think when it comes to education you don't always equate the quality
of education with spending the most money."
Ed Hamm, East Street (Unenrolled)
"This year all the town departments were required to submit a budget within a guideline established by the Finance Committee. I believe that all town departments should honor their request. It is the School Committee's job to oversee the school budget to meet this goal together with the school administration."
Sylvia Willard, Bellows Hill Road (Independent)
concerned about]the lack of action on elderly housing, and taxes for
the elderly on fixed income. [I support] medium [cuts of the school
Doris Larsen, Concord Street (Democrat)
very concerned about the high school. I think there are overrides in
place for the elementary school, but there are none for the high school.
I think there will be a lot of friction between Concord and Carlisle
because Concord's funding the high school to a much higher level than
Carlisle is. I really think we're getting jammed between Prop. 2-1/2
and the rate of inflation running greater than 2-1/2."
Marty Galligan, South Street (Unenrolled)
certainly would be willing to pay more taxes to support our schools.
I think the schools are important, and I don't want to cut the budgets.
But I would support some kind of creative farming out of the costs of
the school [to the people using them] in the form of fees for unrequired
things or tax breaks for people who are in need."
Lisa Weiss, Hartwell Road (Democrat)
"I'd rather raise taxes [than cut the school budget]. Taxes would have to be raised a lot more than 6 percent [for me to consider moving out of town]."
Teresa Hassara, Kimball Road (Democrat)
Linda Fabrizio, Patch Meadow Lane (Independent)
All photos by Anne Marie Brako
© 2002 The Carlisle Mosquito