He added that while people may have seen their property taxes go up 46 percent in 10 years, that’s because their property values have also gone up.
“That’s a tricky argument,” he said, referring to Rigby’s comment. “Taxes are based on the value of your house, among other things.”
That doesn’t make it any easier for people living on fixed incomes, Roli said. He noted that for many people, Social Security cost-of-living increases aren’t keeping up with local property tax increases.
“We are going backward,” he said. “You’re killing us. It isn’t affordable. I don’t know how you can buy conservation land and put in playing fields when we are struggling to pay for other projects.”