Sucking up to seniors

This notion of freezing property taxes for even wealthy seniors who happen to have little income has its roots in the most solid of political axioms: Old people vote.

The town has lots of reasons for wanting to lend a hand to struggling seniors, but one of the key ones is the most simple: politicians want the votes of elderly residents. They vote in astounding numbers and, consequently, have disproportionate clout in political decision-making.

If this tax freeze concept was only about helping seniors who can’t afford their tax bills, there would be an asset test. But it’s not about that. It’s about raking in votes from people who will head to the polls.

Personally, I’d like to see our town officials devote their time and attention to finding ways to hold down everybody’s taxes instead of pursuing a quixotic and pathetic quest to hoodwink us into letting them buy seniors’ votes with our money.

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