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To the Editor

The current Manchester Town Budget calls for a reduction in every department, while town-wide property taxes for Fiscal Year 2022 are scheduled to rise nearly 5 percent. One of the four items affecting the tax increase, as identified by the Journal, is the $50,000 allocation for the Manchester Business Association.

It is unbelievable that during this uncertain time, while many businesses and households are struggling, Manchester taxpayers should again foot the $50,000 annual charge requested by the MBA, even though there is virtually no correlation between such a massive appropriation and any tangible benefits realized by the Town.

Asking taxpayers already stretched thin to subsidize a business marketing organization is sheer arrogance. Is it really fair for the MBA to once again take public money to promote private business? Remember, corporate tax rates were slashed several years back, meaning that many of the large businesses (Equinox, Hampton Inn and nationally owned outlet stores), have more money to pay for marketing.

Is it truly fair that every town department needs to be cut while property taxes will be increasing by nearly 5 percent? Given this scenario, along with there being no available metrics correlating any measurable economic benefit resulting from yet another $50,000 of taxpayers funds for the MBA, common sense dictates that Manchester voters should vote down Article 6, the appropriation for the $50,000 appropriation for the Manchester Business Association.

Bradley D. Myerson,

Pawlet

Myerson is a Manchester taxpayer.


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