Overspending on what we don’t need and hurting the most vulnerable.

The tax reduction for the senior members of our community has been in place since the 1970’s and, for obvious reasons the Board of Finance and the previous political administration, which has mismanaged our town for the past 14 years, has intentionally not publicized it.

For more than 14 years, Redding’s politicians have spent irresponsibly on the police department and now, as they always need more and more money, they have targeted the old members of our community for cuts.

The first salvo in this war against the old, will go off on Monday, February 10 at 7:30 PM in the Town Hall.  At that time the Board of Finance and the Tax Collector will attempt to change Redding’s Ordinance governing Elderly Tax Benefit by either eliminating it altogether or at least change the rules for Seniors who are receiving a reduction in their yearly tax bill.  In most cases, the reduced taxes amount to $2,000 off of their tax bill, which the seniors do not have to pay.

Just consider that the police department is overspending by $500,000 to $800,000 each year and has been doing that for at least one decade.  Consider that $500,000 – $800,000 would cover 250 – 400 elderly households who currently receive the Elderly Tax Benefit.

That is how irresponsible, politically motivated spending by Redding Police Academy and the past Republican administration, negatevely impacts our lives.  Not only we have an obligation to the elder members of our community but we also has a moral obligation to make sure that every seniors member of our community, who may not know to take advantage of their rights, are well informed and helped to benefit from this ordinance.

And let’s not forget that, those among us who are lucky, will also be old someday.

Alexander Gray February 09, 2014 at 09:17 AM
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