Bring On The Minority Report Friday, April 7, 2006
Harold J. Wolfe, Framingham Framingham Tab
The Framingham PILOT committee hearing on 03/23/2006 was quite entertaining.  A minority of 4 out of 10 members believe the rest of the committee is running astray so they will publish a "minority report".  Bring on the minority report!  It should be highly entertaining.

The PILOT committee has yet to come up with a number of how many school aged children live on tax-exempt properties.  Framingham schools take 63 percent of our tax dollars.  Every 75 school aged children on tax-exempt properties will cost us $1 million per year.  Consider this on the next operational override.

The PILOT committee never explored any connections between illegals and social services and has yet to find any evidence that one must be a US citizen in order to acquire social services at the taxpayers expense.  This leaves a big and expensive door open.  We do not have a boundless capacity to accept newcomers, especially when many are poor and unskilled. Consider this on the next operational override.

While Jim Cuddy's salary has gone over $205,000, we the taxpayers continue to pay and pay for social services to others that we never really wanted or voted for.  In this manner, SMOC represents taxation without representation.  If property taxes go up, how will your life improve?,  Or more appropriately in Framingham, how will someone else's life improve?

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