Burlington Taxpayer Protest at Monday’s City Council meeting

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Tom Licata, former candidate for City Council in Ward 6, is organizing
a Taxpayer protest during the Monday’s City Council meeting, 7PM City
Hall’s Contois Auditorium.

Here is a recent letter to the editor of the Free
Press from Tom:
(Titles for the letters are usually determined by the Free Press)

Kiss should keep focus local

Memo to Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss: It appears you are restless and in
search of a problem to solve. Rather than taking on the gun lobby or
finding “solidarity” with illegal immigrants, stay closer to home and
find solidarity with an oppressed group of Burlington taxpayers.

You know, I’ve never heard of a city or state that has been taxed into
prosperity. Have you? Rather than having taxpayers continue to
shoulder an unfair burden of their tax dollars supporting
dysfunctional government processes, you could start with consolidating
city services through an efficiency and effectiveness study. Then,
move on to building a five-, 10- and 20-year economic growth strategy
for our waterfront (hint: over time, tax revenues are determined by
economic and productivity growth). For “peace-of-mind,” our citizens
deserve to have more certainty over their future tax increases. A
“Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights,” which would limit tax increases to no
more than inflation, would force you to set spending priorities the
way that families and businesses do, and would require government to
live within its means.

Lastly, although you and many in your City Council may derive
vicarious gratification from supporting our city’s public sector and
teacher unions with generous and unaffordable benefits and pay
packages, it’s time to stop these indulgences. It’s time to stop
living in an ideological dream world, and begin the heavy lifting
required to get this city back on track. Be restless no more!

Tom also has some flyers about this issue to hand out to your
neighbors, to reach Tom: 658 8624

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