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Citizens for Limited Taxation

Not the growth the town needs Friday, October 14, 2005
Harold J. Wolfe Framingham Tab
Since 1996, Framingham's General Fund has grown by an average of 7 percent per year. Imagine our lives if our salaries had grown by that amount. We had a 5 percent operational override in 2002, spearheaded by Katie Murphy (now chairman of the Board of Selectman), who has also voted to increase our water and sewer rates twice in consecutive years to expand our Water/Sewer Enterprise Fund.

Since 1996, the town population dropped by about 600 residents according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This concurs with town census numbers.

Since 1996, the cancerous tumor that is SMOC has rapidly metastasized by 71 percent ($28.4 million to $48.7 million), helped along by coercive utopians like James T. Cuddy and Katie Murphy. Think of all those school aged children in their tax-exempt facilities, each costing taxpayers $13,000 annually.

Let's not forget the very numerous illegal aliens with their children burdening our schools with all those bilingual classes. Our Welcoming Proclamation (signed by Katie Murphy) is encouraging them to come in droves.

There are growing rumors of yet another override in the works to pay for road maintenance and higher energy costs coming. Personally, I'm mystified as to why our lame duck town manager can only find $1.5 million each year for road maintenance in the $175 million General Fund. Perhaps the bizarre formula he uses for revenue sharing between the town and the schools has totally skewed the budgeting process. I'll be delighted once he leaves town.

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