VALANZOLA PLEDGES NOT TO RAISE TAXES

Rockland, MA – Today on Tax Freedom Day, Rockland Selectman and candidate for State Representative, Lou Valanzola, announced that he is pledging to the people to vote against all attempts to raise taxes.

“We are already taxed enough.  Massachusetts works the 45th longest in the nation to pay off our tax burden.  It is time for accountability of tax dollars not tax increases.  I am proud to pledge to the people of Rockland, Hanover and Norwell not to raise taxes,” said Valanzola.

The “No New Taxes” pledge states as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives Valanzola will oppose efforts to increase taxes.  “It is important that residents know where their next representative stands on the tax issue,” said Valanzola. 

 

Valazola opposed last year’s tax package that included the tech tax and linking the gas to inflation.

“If the gas tax had been linked to inflation the last time it was raised, drivers would be paying 85 cents per gallon in state taxes.  That would be a killer to our local economy and a hefty burden on workers,” said Valanzola.

For the second year in a row, the state has a surplus.  Last year it was $627 million and this fiscal year it is $686 million so far.  Last month’s revenues are $180 million above last year’s collections.

“Taxes did not need to be raised.  That was clear when the tech tax was repealed and no other taxes were increased to replace the revenue.  At the time of the tech tax repeal, Beacon Hill leaders said there was enough revenue.  Now we are in a second year of a surplus.  It is time to help our local economy and taxpayers, by lowering the tax burden,” said Valanzola.  “The people of Rockland, Hanover and Norwell can count me to protect their wallets and savings.”

Lou Valanzola is currently employed as a Controller in Brockton.   He earned a degree in Accounting from Bentley University in 1984.  In addition to being a Selectman in Rockland, he’s also been involved in the community as a member of the Cable TV advisory board.  He was also a member of the volunteer Crossing guard committee which returned them in 2002 after a 12 year hiatus.  He also coached little league baseball and girls basketball.   He is also a member of the Rockland LION’s club.

Lou Valanzola can be reached at 617-827-3454 or louvalanzola@yahoo.com, if you would like to find out more information about Valanzola’s candidacy please check his website @www.louvalanzola.net.

 

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