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'''Status''': Tabled on 2/2/04[[http://www.greenpolicy.us/index.php?title=Bath%2C_ME_Municipal_Resolution_for_Tax_Reform#Note]]
'''Source File''': http://cityofbath.com/govdetail.asp?Gid=98&zsortdate=True&DepartmentID=4&articleID=724
'''Municipal Resolution for Tax Reform'''
'''Whereas''' over-reliance on property taxes to fund education and soaring real estate values have caused home owners' property taxes to increase disproportionately to other taxes in recent years; and
'''Whereas''' continued federal tax cuts are significantly diminishing aid to states and municipalities, putting further strain on property taxes; and
'''Whereas''' no Maine family, senior citizen, farmer, forester, fisherman or other Maine citizen should be forced to sell their home and land because of disproportionate use of property taxes; and
'''Whereas''' Maine has one of the narrowest sales tax bases in the country; and
'''Whereas''' the only responsible way to address these issues is through tax reform, not drastic cuts to essential state funding for health care, children and the environment; and
'''Whereas''' failure to provide Maine's citizens with meaningful property tax relief in 2004 will fuel efforts to pass a California-style tax cap at the polls that would dramatically reduce funding Maine's schools, public safety and community services;
'''Therefore be it resolved''' that the City of Bath calls upon the Maine Legislature and the Governor to modernize Maine's tax structure and promote tax fairness in 2004 in order to provide greater state aid to education, general property tax relief, and targeted tax relief for those who need it most.
<div id="Note"> Note </div> The source file indicates the resolution was to be tabled until the next council meeting. However, there is no reference to it in the meeting minutes for the next two meetings. Consequently, it is unclear if the resolution was ever taken off the table.
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