In the game of taxes – especially during an election year – no politician wants to be the one that will make a move that will be perceived as the most taxpayer unfriendly. Thus, the majority of Worcester city councilors have already indicated they will vote for the lowest possible residential property tax rate later this fall and have called on the state to do more to help the city in the way of aid.
But state legislators have privately and publicly complained about the lack of action from the city council, even as they passed the sales tax increase yesterday.
Now, the latest in the gamesmanship between city and state pols is word that state legislators are considering penalizing the few commonwealth communities -Worcester included – that don’t tax to the so-called limit.
State Representative Vincent Pedone says, “There’s serious discussion in Boston that ties additional state aid to levy limits. I don’t think that’s good policy or practice, but the reality of the situation is that it is being discussed.”
That move could theoretically force councilors’ hands to vote on a higher rate, though it would allow them to point the finger at the House and Senate.
More on this story in this week’s Worcester Magazine.