Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tax rates in Framingham, DeLeo blinks, H1 vaccine recall

If anyone was watching the poorly produced Selectman's meeting last night, you saw they approved hiking our taxes to the limit of prop 2 1/2. Homeowner rates will increase by 1.70 for 2010, making our rate increase about 248.00 a year more. Business took the whack harder again this year with an increase of 4.23. Business pays 43% of the total tax levy while commercial property accounts for 24% of the tax base.

Selectman were saying they liked the idea of encouraging resident input into the tax process in hopes of finding ways to cut tax rates, which would encourage commercial growth. More placating and no clear vision on how to trim expenses.

Mr Speaker has agreed to an audit... but the auditor is not an outsider. The 4 reps who have pushed for this audit are still holding up house business and hopefully, they will not blink. We can no longer trust any insider to account for anything, especially how our money is being spent.

For those of you who had concerns over the testing of H1 vaccine, take heart, you were rightfully concerned. We learn today that 700,000 doses are not as effective in strength as once thought. And.. they don't know why. The short of it is now, if your child had been given the recalled vaccine, there's no need to get another shot, according to the CDC.


At December 16, 2009 at 11:01 AM , Blogger Edward said...

Thanks for the infor on our Framingham property taxes. Did not see the meeting last night, and to be honest, did not even know it was happening. Guess I should pay more attention. You raise a very valid point about looking to increase the taxes, but not so much about cutting of expenses. What is the deal for Framingham, is our budget balanced and where have the cuts happened, if in fact there have been any cuts. I do apologize if this is something you have already discussed here,but I missed it if you did. I know you talked about the police budget in reference to that immigration funding, but what is the status of the overall town budget, and what departments have actually had cuts? So far, I have not noticed any decline in services, but I have noticed a few more empty houses, which I am assuming will impact the taxes coming in.

At December 16, 2009 at 4:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

H1 vacine problems already. Wait to hear more on this I am sure.


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