Providence is trying to hike rental property tax rates by as much as 70% – probably because the owners of those buildings seldom live (and vote) in the same town.
Now Barrington is trying to hike property taxes on “the rich” by 70% – but they are fighting back.
There is no doubt that towns are struggling with budget deficits, but they will only be able to find politically palatable revenues for so long – pretty soon they will have to hit everyone for more money or look to the other side of the ledger.
Perhaps the fault lies with those in the private sector who have allowed Unions to become the dominant political power. When our elected leaders fear repercussion from taxpayers more than Unions, then and only then will priorities be righted.