If you've driven around Amherst lately, you've seen the NO MORE OVERRIDES signs in their hazardous yellow format.
No more overrides? First off, there have only been TWO overrides in the history of Amherst. Secondly, Proposition 2 1/2 was structured that towns would have to pass an occassional override by limiting increases below inflation rates.
Inflation for town services has averaged 3.8% since 1980, and even higher since the 90s. If we had no more overrides, then we would steadily have to eliminate teachers, police, firefighters, DPW, books, schools, libraries until there was nothing left. This is because inflation is higher than the 2.5% limit. We *have* to have an occasional override to catch up.
And that's just inflation! State Aid (how the town returns our taxes to us) has been cut year after year. The state and federal governments have reduced our income taxes, and they've passed that reduction in revenue on to the towns - US!
Did you know that the average taxpayer in Amherst pays $600 LESS in total taxes (fed, state, property taxes) in 2010 than in 2000? That's right. So evern WITH the cost of the override, we will still be paying less in taxes than in 2000.
It's time for us to step up and balance the cuts with a modest override. $16/month is what it will cost the average Amherst homeowner to prevent the most drastic cuts.
Vote YES for Amherst!
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