What $15 a Month Can Buy You in Northampton
Without the Proposition 2 1/2 override, Northampton is planning the following personnel cuts:
- 23 full-time equivalent positions from the schools
- 5+ from public safety
- 3 1/2 from culture and recreation
- 3 from public works.
Those cuts come on top of 65 positions already lost over the past three years.
The Gazette reports
"That's the harshness of the budget proposal," said Finance Director John Musante in an interview with the Gazette. "We've had $3 million in cuts in state aid; no additional sources of local aid allowed; and a cap on property taxes, our biggest revenue source. You need money to pay the bills. This is where we are."
Funding city services through property taxes is a serious problem that we should address this year. Unfortunately, there is no other choice in the short term (except cuts). We cannot keep up with inflation (let alone State and Federal revenue cuts) without this override and then examining the tax base.