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the best place to live, learn, work, bike, play and retire.
Westfield City Council Votes to
Not Raise Property Tax December 15, 2016
For the first time in nine years, taxpayers in Westfield will not see an increase in their property taxes.
The Mayor originally proposed using 1.3 million dollars in free cash when the Council met in December to set the tax rate. Some councilors believed the city had sufficient funds on hand, and taxpayers and small businesses deserved a break after years of tax increases. The city had 7.3 million dollars in its stabilization fund and about 4.3 million dollars in certified free cash.
The City Council voted 12 to 1 to not raise property taxes after Mayor Brian Sullivan agreed to use 2.3 million dollars from Free Cash to balance the budget without raising taxes.
The residential rate was set at $19.42 per thousand and the commercial rate is $37.09 per thousand.
According to At-Large City Councilor Dan Allie, “After nine years of increasing taxes, it was the right thing to do. Many people simply cannot afford higher property taxes. Our economy works best when people can keep their money more of the money to spend and invest, before handing back over to the government”.
“I would like to thank Mayor Sullivan for agreeing to hold the line on raising property taxes, and for the effort of the Finance Committee, Council members and everyone who worked on the budget and city finances. I ran for office because I believe government can do better a better job providing services and spending our tax dollars,” says Allie.
Take road maintenance for example; Westfield collects 4.5 million dollars a year in vehicle excise tax, and receives 1.2 million dollars from the state Chapter 90 funds for road maintenance. Yet our road are falling apart and become less safe every year. Money should be set aside and spent on its intended purpose.
Dan fought for increased funding for education and road maintenance, and got results.
Dan placed 2 questions on the local ballot seeking to restore Local Aid funding for education, and increase funding to cities for road maintenance. Charlie Baker promised to help cities hurt by these cuts.
Westfield receives $660,000 for road maintenance. 1/8/2015
Unfortunately, none of this money or Chapter 90 funds went to road maintenance, but instead went to the bike trail. The work on Papermill and Shaker Roads in 2015 was paid for using the "pothole funds" Gov. Baker released in response to the severe winter.
Westfield invests in new technology to turn "patchwork of potholes" into driveable roads.
Cold patch is a complete waste of time and money.
Dan was a strong advocate behind the effort to get Westfield to invest in "a truck mounted infrared technology unit" for pothole repair. This technology uses a small amount of new asphalt to turn a 6 x 8" patchwork of pothole repairs into a smooth driveable surface, that lasts for 7 to 10 years, thus reducing the need to repeatedly repair the same holes and hire outside contractors.
As a small business owner and manager, Dan knows how to promote people and grow jobs.
Dan Allie is committed to working to lower property taxes, control spending, reduce burdensome regulations and create a business friendly environment.
As a father, grandfather, homeowner, and concerned taxpayer, Dan knows family budgets are stretched to the max. Increasing property and other taxes hurt our economy and place a burden on working families and seniors living in their own homes. Dan is passionate about helping working families, small business owners, young people just getting started in life and seniors, especially those on fixed incomes.
1. Worked to Repeal Automatic Gas Tax Hikes.
We were told that if gas taxes did not go up automatically, our roads and bridges would fall apart.
That is simply not true!
First, our roads are falling apart despite the state passing a 12.5 billion dollar transportation bond bill in March 2013. The legislature approved 300 million for local road repair. Gov. Patrick cut this amount by 100 million dollars. This was the money Gov. Baker restored.
Second, this question did not affect the 3 cent increase in the gas tax, only automatic increases.
Dan was part of the first all-volunteer effort since 1991 to successfully place a question on the statewide ballot. Dan believes it is wrong to increase taxes without the vote of the legislature. That is taxation without representation. Any automatic taxing mechanism, called (Indexing) in Massachusetts is a dangerous thing. Dan gathered 1100 signatures to put Question 1 on the statewide ballot in 2014.
The Baker Review Board discovered much of the gas tax increase was being diverted to the MBTA, not to the roads.
2. Fighting to Restore Local Aid for Education
The Massachusetts State Lottery was created to provide local aid revenues to cities for education.
The state has taken 700 million dollars out of the Lottery Fund in the last five years. Westfield has lost a million dollars a year, for 5 years in a row, including 2013 when the state had a 900 million surplus. Cuts in Local Aid put a strain on municipal budgets and services, and leads to increasing property taxes, one of the most regressive forms of taxation.
3. Worked to increase funding to cities for Road Maintenance
In March 2014, the state passed a 12.5 billion dollar Transportation Bond Bill, but only allocated 200 million dollars for regular road maintenance, for the entire state.
Westfield collects 4 million dollars a year in vehicle excise tax, but has very little money budgeted to maintain 400 miles of road.
Dan wants to:
Let us keep more of our hard earned paychecks.
Lower taxes, reduce burdensome regulations, and grow our economy and jobs.
Stop taxing homeowners and businesses out of our city and state.
See tax dollars be used for their intended purposes.
Bring decisions about our children's education to the state and local level. End Common Core and high stakes timed PARCC testing.
Massachusetts does not have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem.
Our state budget has grown by six billion dollars in the last five years.
April 2014, Boston State House – The Democrat majority voted not to allow any amendments or debate on local aid, education funding or EBT reform during the budget process. This is wrong.
On March 12th, our state legislature approved a local aid resolution for 2015 adding $25 million more “Unrestricted” local aid, and $100 million more for school districts across Massachusetts.
While this sounds like “great news”, the truth is it should have been more. After all, the money already exists in the Lottery Fund and the state had a significant surplus. Republicans proposed increasing the amount of local aid to $75 million and Educational funding to $113 million, but the majority party does not agree.
This was immediately followed by an increase in Registry fees and closing of registry locations. This was unnecessary. The Registry of Motor Vehicles takes in 600 million dollars each year, but only needs 60 million for operations. That is a 540 million dollar profit and service has never been worse. People must travel just to get transponders and the Registry no longer mails license renewal reminders.
Dan Allie, Westfield City Councilor, candidate for State Representative