As we close out October, there has been a great deal of talk around the state about the tax cap and many municipalities looking to override it. It is not something that I would recommend as I wouldn’t want to tell people that elect me why I was raising their taxes when a cap is in place. And some areas of the state have complicating factors as identified in this post by our friend EJ McMahon. You should really read it as there are valid points made about individual community needs.
But the reality is that the next step in the one-two punch of our recovery will be meaningful and significant mandate relief for local governments. We can no longer just tinker around the edges and pretend the issues aren’t there. So, what will that look like you ask? Well, the only thing I can say at this point is that people that have not typically worked together are now aligning. And they are creating a common agenda that will help make our communities affordable.
Check back here early next week. I think you’ll like what you’ll see.