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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

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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