To the editor,
It went quietly when posted that Wilmington was number one in the state with the 2015 tax increase percentage — the highest in the state.
It was a red flag that tax increases may be the norm as it was quietly ignored.
It may not become a concern how, but it better be addressed before tax dues reach a difficult burden on the taxpayer.
It will require an in depth review of future ways to revamp the school teaching techniques.
Methods that allow technology to reduce the need for teachers with new tech providing broader learning.
There is now a complacency that stagnates good judgement. We need a shakeup and consulting mindset to address the necessary changes of future needs.
It is going to rely on good judgement and a strain in prioritizing and budget restraint to hold down increments.
I do not see the task of frugality seeping in to any budget control of future spending, but I hope the seed is planted and rational results will prevail.
(Editor’s Note: Wilmington Apple has not yet independently confirmed that Wilmington had the highest residential tax increase in the state in 2015. The Boston Globe has reported, however, that Wilmington did see the highest residential tax increase in the state between 2012 and 2016, with a 32.6% increase for the average single family tax bill over those five years. The increase is due, in large part, to the construction of the new high school.)
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