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My annual property taxes were $4400 per year before Romney took office and $6400 after he left office.

I am a retired school teacher who resides in Winthrop, MA.  Governor Romney slashed state aid to the cities and towns leaving them with two options: Lay off municipal workers or raise local taxes. During his 4 years as governor, less affluent towns were forced to lay off police, firemen, teachers, and other municipal workers to make up the budget shortfall created Governor Romney’s policies. Our town was among them. We were down to the bare bones budget until our we voted on and passed a 6.2 million dollar override. My annual property taxes were $4400 per year before Romney took office and $6400 after he left office. When Governor Romney says he cut taxes only tells half the story. The state taxes were cut, but the local taxes increased more. Many local and services were cut. Many new state fees were introduced. The net result was the average homeowner of our commonwealth was paying more for fewer services. Governor Romney is a master of this shell game. Governor Romney is a hypocrite as well. Several times he tried to pass pension reform and cited the abuse of the pension system as reasons for reform. Just before he left office he tried to slip a $125,000 per year pension to his campaign manager Eric Ferhsten. The Boston Globe uncovered his scheme and made it public. His poor performance as Governor is why Massachusetts will vote 2-1 against Governor Romney for President.
- Robert, Winthrop

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