The headline in the Aug. 9 edition of a local news publication read “Brunswick revaluation notices coming.” Our Town Manager was quoted as saying that “some changes will be larger in both directions than some would like to see, but that is the nature of the revaluation process.”

Presumably that means that for some, their property tax will go up and for others their tax will go down. For those whose taxes go up, that is the way it goes, don’t complain, because you haven’t seen anything yet. Wait a few more years. Complaining won’t help then either.

Another article on the front page concerned another possible property tax increase of .5 percent caused by a change in the reimbursement from the state for the Homestead Exemption. The article suggested that the increase “bugs Brunswick residents.”

Only one resident was named, so it is not apparent how many residents are “bugged” by this issue. Based on how many residents passed up their right to vote on the school budget and bond issue in this past June’s referendum — around 13,000 — apparently not many citizens of Brunswick are “bugged” about anything in this town, preferring instead to ignore what is happening around them and accepting their fate as apathetic bystanders.

The reality is that things will only be getting worse, a lot worse, when the bond issue payments for the new elementary school kicks in a few years from now. Presumably a possible 6 to 9 percent combined property tax increase in the first year of that bond, and similar yearly property tax increases thereafter, are yet another issue the majority of the non-voters are willing to accept due to their lack of interest?

As stated before, you get what you allow. If you want change, complaining is fruitless, voting is not.

Jeffrey Runyon
Brunswick