To the Editor:
Much has been written about the Portsmouth town government’s refusal to recognize the will of the people and eliminate the FY 2020-21 tax increase, an oppressive tax by out-of-touch big-spending socialists in Portsmouth during a time of national tragedy.
Middletown recently announced the elimination of their tax increase, Tiverton had previously announced the delay or elimination of their increase, and Newport announced the elimination of their tax increase as well.
That leaves our socialist Portsmouth town government as the only wrong-thinking body in a world seeing the worst economic collapse since the 1930s, with tens of millions of Americans losing their jobs, and a health pandemic not seen since 1918. Add to that the collapse of household income for our families and businesses (except for members of Portsmouth employee unions).
Allow me to ask a rhetorical question. About 40 million Americans have lost their jobs since the pandemic began. How many Portsmouth town and school employees have been laid off during the same period? Silly me for asking.
On top of all that, the town just proposed a $2.4 million bond issue. How out of touch can you get?
The anti-citizen/taxpayer sentiment of Portsmouth officials suggests a disregard that borders on distain. One could easily say the same of their arrogance in ignoring the will of the people. Both are extremely bad characteristics for public officials. Both inflict a damage on Portsmouth and the very people they swore to protect.
Portsmouth citizens ask their officials to do the right thing and eliminate the oppressive tax increase like other area towns have already done. That would also work toward restoring badly needed trust in the people charged with helping make our town and its citizens everything they can be.
Joe Lorenz, Chairman
Portsmouth Republican Party