No spending cap this year in Portsmouth

I am very disappointed that the Association of Portsmouth Taxpayers voted last week not to pursue a spending cap and tax cap this year.

The reasoning was that the city is making a good faith effort to keep spending down this year, trying for a zero budget increase. That makes it hard to muster the angry citizenry to build energy behind an initiative like this, and it was felt that the city politicos should be given some breathing room to do their work.

Needless to say, I disagree. I think that although people might not be as excited about a spending cap as when faced with runaway spending, the time to lock in the tax rates is now, rather than after they’ve been raised, and the city politicians should be put on the spot as to whether or not they support keeping the budget growth small.

I will continue to work with APT on specific issues, but I am a little sad at their reluctance to rock the boat. Fortunately, I have a few other projects cooking… stay tuned.

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