Letter: South Portland taxes, spending have a cost

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In the next few weeks we will be seeing signs and ads for City Council candidates in South Portland.

We will see promises for a higher minimum wage, a green sustainable economy, promises to dictate how the citizens of South Portland live, spend, do business and recreate.

When you see these promises, they may look good at first glance. When you think about them, you begin to ask questions. What will it force businesses to do? What will it force us to do? How much will this cost in money and personal freedoms?

We are seeing businesses move to Scarborough where they are welcomed with open arms. Clark’s Pond will be almost vacant. Martin’s Point wanted to build. Someone decided they would rather have a vacant school building in the neighborhood, so Martin’s Point is leaving. The loss of businesses taking money from South Portland. Where will that money be made up?

People are leaving South Portland because property taxes go up every year. What is that doing to the elderly who would like to stay in their homes? Well-intentioned, short-term thinking is squeezing the middle class and hurting the elderly and the working people who live paycheck to paycheck.

When you see promises of a bright future given to us at the cost of taking money from other people, remember, you are those other people. Every time they spend and tax more, they hurt us more.

Kandi-Lee Hoy
South Portland 

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  • SierraTango

    “We are seeing businesses move to Scarborough where they are welcomed with open arms. Clark’s Pond will be almost vacant.”

    Those businesses are moving to Scarborough because they were offered space in a brand new facility at rent rates comparable to what they’re paying now. Clark’s Pond is a dump. It looks and feels like a post-apocalyptic wasteland. That has everything to do with its owner and nothing to do with South Portland city government. If the owner maintained his property, those businesses might have chosen to stay. City Hall and the city council should not be blamed for what one private property owner chooses to do.

    “Martin’s Point wanted to build. Someone decided they would rather have a
    vacant school building in the neighborhood, so Martin’s Point is
    leaving.”

    It’s not a vacant building. The Planning and Code Enforcement departments are there, and will continue to be there. If the city sold the building to Martin’s Point, the city would have to lease space elsewhere for those two departments. Why lease expensive office space when you can use your own for free? Staying in a city-owned building is the fiscally responsible thing to do.

    • beachmom H

      If Planning and Code Enforcement plan on staying there, why are they trying to get someone else to take the property?
      There are more businesses moving out of town than those in this letter.
      And I know quite a number of people who are looking for places away from this town.
      I don’t see you criticizing the points about the spending.
      Do you like more and more of your money being taken every year?
      I don’t.

      • SierraTango

        “If Planning and Code Enforcement plan on staying there, why are they trying to get someone else to take the property?”

        They’re not. The city was approached by Martin’s Point, not the other way around.

        “There are more businesses moving out of town than those in this letter.”

        Such as?

        “And I know quite a number of people who are looking for places away from this town.”

        And they’ll be replaced by people who want to be here. South Portland’s population continues to grow.

        I’m for responsible and efficient use of taxpayer dollars. Always have been, always will be.

  • Welcome to Scarborough Martins

    South Portland is a nasty town with a corrupt city council and planning board. Nobody wants anything to do with that place. We welcome the new building being built in Scarborough. It will be a welcome member to our community. You can have the vacant school for your the poor school system.

    • SierraTango

      Corruption is a serious allegation. Can you elaborate?

      • WhoCaresAboutSP

        Maybe not corrupt, but certainly inept.

        • SierraTango

          Inept? Have you seen the Scarborough and Cape town councils in recent years?

    • SierraTango

      Can’t back up your allegations, can you?