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Belmont tax problems won't go away until Shaker has SB-2

To The Daily Sun,

I read with interest the idea of having another meeting by the Board of Selectmen to discuss the recent vote in regards to the old mill. I will attempt to explain in this letter what I perceive as the reason(s) for the vote.

First of all, the vote and results of what took place at the Shaker School District meeting is probably one of the main reasons people may have voted against this article. The impact to the taxes in Belmont due to the vote at the school district meeting will be a huge increase in our already high taxes that many, myself included, are having trouble already trying to pay.

The other question that many asked is would this money for the mill be money well spent? Many aren't ready to go that far at the costs that were indicated are needed to again repair/revamp the old mill.

You want the old mill for a town hall for how many total employees? This will not happen as long as we are faced with some of the highest property taxes in the entire state. The school needs to learn better how to control their spending.

That won't happen until SB-2 is applied to the school district. The town simply cannot afford any more or any higher taxes.

Don Irvin

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Speaker Jasper is just carrying water for Gov. Hassan's budget

To The Daily Sun,

We have a crisis, budget cuts are essential, times are hard and we'll need to lay off half of the Department of Transportation. Now that we have your attention, we can make all these troubles go away with an 8 cent-a-gallon addition to the gas tax. This is the storyline being sold by Governor Hassan and Speaker Jasper. Would you like to hear the truth?

The deep budget cuts that the Speaker refers to are simply the same old scam they use in Washington D.C. The governor's proposed budget increases spending by $1 billion (roughly a 10 percent increase). So, the deep cuts would be a reduction in the increase proposed by Gov. Hassan.

The Speaker seems to think the people of the state will accept an increase in what he is calling a "user fee" or "road toll". This tax increase is not needed. A tax on gas is particularly hard on the hard-working citizens with the lowest incomes. This is what is called a regressive tax. Those with higher incomes can easily afford it, but those with the least will struggle to make ends meet.

This is a manufactured crisis targeting much needed infrastructure (roads and bridges) simply so that you might not notice the grand increase in spending presented in the governor's budget. Speaker Jasper is carrying water for Gov. Hassan, perhaps that was part of the deal he made with the Democrats to become their Speaker. As I type this, he is marching a bad budget bill through the House, and those who dare stick to their principles will be removed from committee assignments.

Many constituents have written me to remind me of something I know very well. Our problem is spending, not a lack of taxes.

Rep. Mike Sylvia
Belknap District 6

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