, Derry, New Hampshire


April 11, 2013

Reality check


Have a cup of coffee at MaryAnn’s, talk to a local real estate agent, ask people why they’re moving out of Derry — taxes are too high.

So, in that regard, Anderson may have a point. The tax rate won’t stop rising until town councilors make some very tough choices. Spending must be curbed.

Maybe, just maybe, he’s sparked a conversation that’s long overdue: What can Derry do without? The answer likely isn’t Taylor Library.

But the conversation needs to take place and residents concerned both about their beloved library on the hill and the outrageous tax bills they get in the mail need to tune in and speak up.

Derry has a serious spending problem and the town’s collective girth will be pinched when the belt is finally tightened. Dieting is a painful process, but the bloated budget needs some serious reduction. Just don’t shutter Taylor Library to make that point.

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