First off thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I think the residential tax exemption proposed by my opponent Dan O'Neil is a great idea. As a primary care physician and former social worker for the Commonwealth I have particular insight into the struggles faced by some our most disadvantaged families. However I would point out that based on the requirements this brilliant idea will not provide relief to the majority of Dedham's families, some of whom struggle to make ends meet. It is pretty obvious that we have a problem with residential taxes in Dedham. Dedham's taxes are disproportionately high as compared to other demographically similar towns in spite of an abundance of commercial real estate. Something is not adding up. Rather than shoot arrows in the dark and making the problem worse, I hope to practice politics like I practice medicine: based on evidence and information. If elected I would propose an independent commission composed of interested citizens with expertise in financial matters to analyze why our taxes are so high. We need to know scientifically the exact reasons we got to this point before we attempt to relieve it. Otherwise we run the risk of worsening matters for Dedham ' citizens. Please write with any questions and thanks again for your feedback!
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