Since 2008, the Municipal portion of Stafford property taxes is up $11 million, which is a 41% total increase. The Stafford municipal tax levy has increased from $26 million in 2008, to $37 million in 2018. In that same amount of time period, school taxes are up only 19%.
We need to control property taxes and eliminate wasteful spending. Our first step will be to conduct an operational audit, in which we will examine every department and service to look for ways to provide the same services more efficiently. This could involve restructuring departments, changing procedures to reduce overtime, and identifying shared services. The goal? Do more with less.