|Marie Antoinette - Queen of France who lost her head through her indifference to the common man|
“Governor, we’re short funds in our budget. Any suggestions how we make up the shortfall?”
“Let’s tax those seniors who have been getting a free ride. Take away that $500 senior citizen tax credit on their annual real estate/school tax bill.”
“But what about those senior citizens who live on a fixed retirement income? Those senior citizens who are already faced with ever increasing costs in food, heat, and insurance?”
“Let them eat cake”
“Time to move” I told myself. So we uprooted everything and put our house up for sale and had a new house built in Milton. This was in the year 2006, right as the housing market started to collapse. We almost lost everything because we owed money on our new house and couldn’t sell our old house. We eventually did sell our old house and ended up with a $100,000 mortgage on our new house, which we hadn’t planned on. This was bad but at least we now had a low tax bill that wasn’t going to increase 8 to 10% a year or more.
Now,in order to supplement our income and keep up with the ever increasing household bills like heat, electric, insurance and food; I work part-time at a local hotel.
My partner spouse is 88 years old. I am 75 years old. There will come a time when our household will have to get by on only one Social Security payment. And, if I’m fortunate enough to have a long life, there will probably come a time when I’m not checking in hotel guests and earning those extra few dollars that enable me to take “indulge” myself and take a holiday a few times a year and keep up with those ever increasing household bills and insurance payments.
Did they move here to be closer to the outlet stores?
Did they move here for the gourmet restaurant experience?
Did they move here because of the fishing opportunity?
Not a one.
Just who thought this was a good idea?