Funny how folks belly-ache over high property taxes, yet cherish their pet projects. Case in point, New Bedford Ward 3 City Council candidate Jill Marie Ussach who chimes her property taxes are exorbitant. That part she gets. However, the former School Committee member has funding plans for schools and other projects plus desires to deliver nice tax breaks for businesses as bait to lure them to nest in the city.

Will two, yes two, knowledge residents please raise their hand and explain to candidate Ussach, the Prop 2 1/2 voter revolt sprang out of local politicians consistently pilfering our tax dollars to implement and expand programs originally deemed extravagant? Homeowners don't give a hoot the Assessors office is a year or two behind in assessing property. We care about how leaders apportion the tax dollars allocated to them. 

Editor’s Note:   Brian Thomas is the host of Brian’s Beat on 1420 WBSM New Bedford.  He can be heard weekdays from 10am-Noon and Saturdays from 6am-9am.  The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.