The Sunday Boston Globe’s lead headline perfectly echoes Deval Patrick’s campaign theme . “Property tax bills soar as services fall”.
What constitutes soaring? A 4.2% increase. That’s unhappy, but only slightly more than the rate of inflation.
The sub-headline is another shocker; “Levies increase despite decline in home values”. Did Globe reporters expect governments to actually reduce their spending in response to falling home prices? Or did they expect that in our final stages of socialist development the state should be “withering away”? Or is this another part of the campaign for casinos?