3 months ago by Bob Gough
Alderman Mike Farha (R-4th Ward) has it right.
At Monday night's Finance Committee meeting he said the citizens of Quincy are going to have to accept a lower level of service if they are not willing to pay higher taxes.
Public pensions and benefits, worker's compensation and the other costs of operations continue to grow. The City has kept a fairly steady property tax levy and relied on a growing sales tax base to keep up.
So, if you are a small government conservative who doesn't want to pay more taxes, you should be for the following total revamp of services from the City of Quincy:
Trash pickup: You're on your own. Turn it over completely to Allied, Area, Quincy Recycle, Fred's Trash Service or whoever wants it. (An aside: I hate trash stickers. Hate them. I'm for anything that eliminates them.)
Police and Fire Pensions: Combine Police and Fire into one Public Safety Department and reduce the headcount by 30 bodies.
Streets: Let's put up tolls on Broadway, Maine and State and on 12th, 24th, 36th and 48th. (It's not a tax, it's a fee.)
Problem solved. Now let's figure out how to get four new school buildings for free.