Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Opinion

March 27, 2014

Taxes a worthwhile investment in town

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Most seniors have paid off their mortgages. In addition, the town has provided financial relief to seniors in two ways. All senior homeowners, over 60, are welcome to volunteer in the town’s SCRPT program and earn a $675-per-year tax abatement as they contribute their time to provide needed town services. Additional tax relief is available to assist income-eligible seniors.

As we make decisions about town budgets and projects in the coming years, I hope we will do it as wisely as our predecessors, with concern for the impact 20 to 30 years from now, not just next year’s tax bill. Specifically, allocating free cash to help fund the town’s unfunded pension benefits, to mitigate the tax burden on future generations of taxpayers, is a wise recommendation.

Susan Stott

30 Pasho St.

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