Every tax is a pay cut.  Every tax cut is a pay raise.
Citizens for Limited Taxation

It's good to see the Board of Selectmem only want to raise our taxes by two percent , versus the 2.5 percent that is permitted by Proposition 2.5. How about zero percent for next year?

I say this because Framingham has hired too many employees. I've generated a graph of town/school employees in our retirement fund (generated from many annual reports).

Click on the graph to see the associated data

This problem of having too many employees in the public sector is not a new one but it seems persistent throughout history. For example, there exists in a British Museum a plaintive letter written on papyrus in A.D. 288, signed by Servaeus Africanus, addressed to the district governors of Middle Egypt and reading as follows:

It is apparent from the accounts alone that a number of persons wishing to batten on the estates of the Treasury have invented titles for themselves such as controllers, secretaries or superintendents, whereby they procure no advantage to the Treasury but swallow up the profits.
(Papyrus 752)

Some people will claim that the schools are growing with more students. These people are ignorant. I'd like to see evidence of that. Here's my graph of our student/teacher population.

Click on the graph to see the associated data

It's interesting to note that the selectmen don't mention our new $216 million dollar liability called Other Post Employment Benefits but better known as health insurance for retirees.

Our Quinn bill issue and SMOC suit costs are negligible in comparison to this.

What is also not stated is that

Property tax contributions from the taxpayers has been monotonically increasing.

This is very, very important and cannot be over emphasized. Allow me to repeat this in case you did not see it the first time.

Property tax contributions from the taxpayers has been monotonically increasing.

If unfunded long term liabilities can be considered long term debt, it can be said that Framingham is reaching its borrowing capacity according to MGL 44-10.

If the state mandates payment of Other Post Employment Benefits as specified by our Long Term Financial Report

then these do become new long term debts.

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