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August 25, 2005

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A taxing mistake
by Jody Reese

Manchester needs magic beans.

These beans would provide the city with money for schools, police, parks and roads. Taxes would go down or maybe go away completely. Where are all the beanstalks when you need them?

Believing a tax cap will lower our taxes and make Manchester a better place to live is only slightly less silly than believing in magic beans.

It may come as a surprise to tax-cap-junkie Jeff Kassel, but people like services such as police and fire protection, kindergarten for their children, parks to jog in and clean streets. Thatís why we choose to live in a city.

These services cost money. Every two years we elect people to set the tax rate and choose the level of services. If we donít like the result,  we choose new people. Thatís our tax cap.

Creating a magic bean ó I mean tax cap ó to solve all of our problems is just wishful thinking. Tax caps havenít solved problems in Nashua or Berlin; instead theyíre creating budget crises.

There are only two reasonable ways to decrease the amount of taxes we pay on our homes: find some other way of taxing ourselves, such as a sales or income tax, or grow our commercial property tax base with projects such as the baseball stadium. Thatís as magic as it gets.

Residents step up

Manchester is lucky to have so many groups and people working to create events and raise money to support local nonprofits. September is a particularly busy month for fundraisers.

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Fight to Educate

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Where: Verizon Wireless Arena

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When: Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 8 p.m.

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What: First professional boxing match in more than 50 years

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Benefits: SEE Science Center

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5th Franco-American Golf Tournament

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Where: Passaconaway Country Club, Litchfield

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When: Friday, Aug. 26, 7:30 a.m.

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Benefits: Franco-American Centre

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3rd Annual Golf Tournament

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Where: Derryfield Country Club

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When: Monday, Sept. 12, 7 a.m.

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Benefits: William B. Cashin Senior Center

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Glendi

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Where: St. Georgeís Cathedral, Hanover Street

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When: Friday, Sept. 16, Saturday, Sept. 17, and Sunday, Sept. 18

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What: Greek festival of food, dancing and crafts (Manchesterís largest festival)

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Benefits: St. Georgeís