Our current mayoral campaign started in North Adams by Richard Alcombright saying he wanted to pull off a hat trick.
"A hat trick." That's something a magician or a clown does. It is my opinion that this man is no magician. He gives raises to people who are already well in the top 50 percent income bracket in the midst of the worst depression in our lifetimes and forces the rest of the citizens -- many of whom have lost jobs, taken pay cuts, or have no pay increase -- to cope with rising property taxes.
I agree taxes in North Adams were among the lowest in the state, but so is our average income. Many full-time workers in this city make less than $25,000 a year. This mayor doesn't seem to get it. He has bought the votes of the people most likely to vote and raised taxes to the max at every opportunity for many who can ill afford his tactics.
If re-elected, he will continue to make home ownership unaffordable to many residents. Richard Alcombright apparently has no intention whatsoever of making the cuts necessary to stay within his budget. He is no magician. We know what to expect from him, just more of the same.
I, therefore, urge those who care about the future of our city to vote for Bob Moulton. We cannot afford to be taxed to death. It's time to stop the clowning around. Bob Moulton has a more sensible plan for our future.
Charles P. Norcross