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Former State Rep "Not Impressed" With Candidates Advocating Higher Taxes

Bill Bowles was disappointed with comments from three candidates for Attleboro City Councilor.

To the Editor:

I  saw the last week, and was impressed that candidates were promoting local business. I was not, however, impressed that At Large City Council candidates , and were advocating higher taxes for homeowners at a time when people are un-employed, under employed, and home foreclosures are at an all time high.

Several years ago, the Chamber of Commerce testified before the City Council saying that real estate taxes are a concern, but not near the top of the list of whether a business will locate here. Factors, such as availability of parcels ready for development, an able workforce, cost of skilled employees, availability of utilities, permitting costs by the health and building inspection department, and the availability of state and local tax credits are factors that play a more significant role in deciding to locate here.  

It was especially discouraging to see Councilor Kim Allard advocating for higher taxes to homeowners in light of the fact that she did not pay her own real estate taxes (on time) on the property that was gifted to her. Only after the issue was covered in the Sun Chronicle did she pay the overdue taxes (overdue by two billing periods). It would seem that city officials who advocate for higher taxes should at least demonstrate the willingness to pay their own taxes.  

With all due respect, I would suggest not creating undue burdens on homeowners, but offer potential new businesses reasonable tax incentives, create buildable lots, and marketing our available workforce will do more to attract business than a minuscule property tax adjustment at the expense of struggling homeowners.  

Bill Bowles

Attleboro, MA

Anthony Parziale September 20, 2011 at 02:17 AM
Mr. Bowles must have me mixed up.. i would like to see the residential property tax drop closer to 1% and i would aslo like to see the commercial property tax drop closer to 1% too!
Gretchen Robinson September 20, 2011 at 04:10 PM
Bill: thanks for looking out for homeowners. Glad to see you're still engaged in City betterment. Gretchen Robinson, Attleboro.
Steven Scott September 21, 2011 at 10:03 PM
Right on Mr. Bowles !!
Steven Scott September 22, 2011 at 07:55 PM
"It would seem that city officials who advocate for higher taxes should at least demonstrate the willingness to pay their own taxes." Right on Mr. Bowles
Kate September 22, 2011 at 08:42 PM
Seems to me that Mr. Scott believes that everything Bowles says is true. That's your first mistake. Have you spoken to Councilor Allard? Have you asked yourself common sense questions like if she was so bad why did she care for the elderly person for so long? Did you ever think there is a reason the taxes were late? How many people have that problem? Did you look to see all her taxes were paid immediately when she became aware of them and that the next cycle was early? I wanted candidates night she never advocated for higher taxes and she said any questions call her. Seems to me she isn't hiding from anyone or anything. I called her she answered all my questions openly and willingly.......much different than what was printed and she was able to back it up when we met. If you don't like her then just don't vote for her but remember she has kids and when these negative things are written all the time you hurt her kids and extended family. If I were her I would not be able to take what some have put her through. She earned my vote and respect!
Steven Scott September 22, 2011 at 09:31 PM
I don't know about everything Mr. Bowles says, but what he says above can be confirmed by a simple search of this and other local media sources.
Bill Bowles September 23, 2011 at 01:00 PM
Kate, your facts are mostly wrong. Kim did says she supports narrowing the tax classification factor, which shifts more taxes to the homeowner. She also voted for it. Asm Steven said, check the tape and record. She had a house that was purchaed for $328k deeded to her, which means she paid nothing for it. When I, and the family, brought suit against her for return of the house, she agreed to a mortgage of $278k, that is not due for 5k years. As of this date she, she has not paid a single cent on the principal or interest or rent. She also received credits against the mortgage. The current value of the mortgage is less than $250k. If you think that is a fair market value, your logic is flawed. Caring for the elder was her job. She got paid for it. During the time she was late with taxes, she was fully employed, and only agreed to pay the taxes when the story broke. It sounds like you are saying public officials with kids should bed exempt from critism. You are correct that she has not been charged, but I would remind you she has not been cleared either. As far as I know the case is still under investigation. I like a good debate, but it should be fact based. Lets see how long this is up before the flaggers do their thing.
Ellen September 23, 2011 at 11:26 PM
Kate with all due respect in regards to comments on a public figure it always effects the family. I grew up as a daughter of an elected official I understand. However it us what it is! If Ms Allard so cared about her family she would have either taken different actions in her life. She also chose to run,so it is what it is!
Kate September 24, 2011 at 01:10 AM
Lets be honest Mr. Bowles again I have met with Kim and seen the documents. She signed a mortgage last November for 278K which was an agreement you and all the family agreed on and signed. The family named the price not Ms. Allard nor did she try and reduce it. I also saw her contract to care for the elder person which included her receiveing a salary for full care at not full pay. To say she got credits but didn't make payments is misleading. The large amount never paid to her under the contract was the credits and were principal payments which is why it is now a lower note
Kate September 24, 2011 at 01:10 AM
She also explained to me that she starts making interest payments in October per her contract(again signed by you and the family and approved in Court) So lets see she start at 278K and is now at 250K shows that reduced pay she took paid about 28K on the principal. Your hatred and agenda are clear you want to slander her. Funny I don't hear mention of the large sum of money you received from the elders estate after Court issues settled or the continued inflatted pay you get now. I have read everything and you try and tell the public you did everything out of the goodness of your heart that is extremely misleading based on the sum of money your being paid. I commend Ms. Allard for providing great care to the elder and doing while constantly being bullied by you. Funny thing is when she told me when he moved in and I researched everything I see he was moved in after your so called allegations were made.....that told me all I needed to know. She cared for him at reduced pay enduring the bullying you put her through and still keeps going. I respect that. I can't respect you for constantly trying to mislead people. At Ellen she has a great family and what a shame you feel her kids need to see your negative blogs. Aren't you Bowles girlfriend? The same one he had an affair with so many years ago? Look at yourself before you judge others both of you!
Steven Scott September 24, 2011 at 01:35 AM
Kate You started off asking not to say negative things, when everything stated is public record that is easily checked and verified. Then you jump right in with them yourself (without any back up), I understand that our oponions vary and you are certainlty entitled to yours but for some reason you don't seem to think anyone else is. Like Ellen said,She chose to put herself in the spotlight when She chose to run for office, between the police log and various other headlines I would think she would be explaining herself to more than just you.
Kate September 24, 2011 at 01:45 AM
I took her up on her offer to ask her anything I wanted. Maybe more of you should do that. Your facts are based on media like mine were then I got the truth. It is very different than what the media or Bowles said. I am so tired of the negative attacks against her and everyone else. Lets focus on the positive things candidates offer. No wonder most people don't want to run. It is clear now to me why Councilor White originally backed out. To be clear Ms Allard doesn't have a record. You can believe what the media or Bowles says but my question is have you asked Ms Allard? I am guessing no.
Jerry Chase September 24, 2011 at 10:50 PM
Kate, you seem rather reasonable to me. I am, frankly, disappointed that this matter is being discussed openly, because it's a matter of the courts and some individuals. For the record, I served with both Kimberly and with Bill on the previous Council term. I experienced nothing from either that causes any negative reaction within me. Kim and I frequently disagreed on Council issues; but that's totally okay. She and I got along fine. Bill is a cerebral guy who was also a fine councilman. I'm surprised that he has discussed this court matter in public----yet may all understand that this is NO criticism from me because he chose to do so. Bill is still a friend. And when I meet either Kim or Bill, it's always a sincere hello to and from both of us. It's the very same between Kevin Dumas and I. I take his sincere hello and handshake at face value: man to man, there's nothing between us. Yes, we do disagree on political or governing issues; but that's what representative government is supposed to exist for. And, finally, I think it's fair for me to be disliked or even hated because I tend to speak candidly. And since I freely critique some politicians, I must, and do, expect just and fair criticism in return. The only thing that I ask is for accuracy on the facts; and to be subject to the same standard as others, or vice-versa. Sometimes newspaper stories are not precise, especially if it helps sell papers . . . or the reigning agenda. Peace.
Robert Machado October 06, 2011 at 02:20 PM
@ Kate.... The fact that the family had to bring suit to make the situation palatable is onerous. I don't know Bill. I don't know Kim. I'm a new resident in town and I want representation on the City Council that is beyond reproach. Mrs. Allard's recent indictment certainly eliminates her from that qualification.
Kate October 06, 2011 at 02:56 PM
Robert up admit you don't know any of these people. With that said don't be so quick to judge the elder had a reason for what he did and Ms Allard had a reason. Without knowing anything except what you may have read in the paper don't be so quick to decide. There are always 2 sides to every story. Having seen the truth and heard the other side I realized I almost judged to quickly. Again indicted doesn't mean guilty and who said the civil suit was needed? I'd say get the other side first...just my opinion.

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