Letter to the Times: Causing stress for property owners

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Living beyond one’s means seems a common philosophy these days. It’s a path made easier with loans and creditors, as growth and development goals take precedence over economic and environmental risk. The economic collapse of 2008, the pandemic and continuing climate crises are examples of successful adjustments that accommodate a justification of spending beyond one’s means. 

The local governmental commissions and boards whose reliance on property tax increases to support the tax incentives that allow companies and developers who seemingly can’t afford their dreams without these incentives are definitely creating stress on those property owners living on fixed or limited incomes who previously were living within their means.

— Tom Guba (he/him), Lawrence

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