The following definitions were obtained from Dictionary.com
By now most, if not all, Westfield property owners have received a "SEWER BILL" from the the Town of Westfield. Accompanied with the "bill" was a letter that purports to answer "Frequently Asked Questions." Does it answer all the questions or does it make excuses for a "bill" that can easily be construed as a "tax" as much as a "user fee," as the letter suggests this new fee to be.
Mayor Skibitsky is living up to his claim that Town government is doing "More with less." More user fees/taxes are on the horizon with less revenue flowing into Town coffers.
|"If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck."|
Inductive reasoning leads one to believe, plain and simple.......Westfield's new 2012 Sewer User Fee is a TAX.
Coming to a municipality near you in the absence of more traditional revenue raising efforts by town government:
Sidewalk User Fee
To be imposed on all those that traverse a municipal owned sidewalk
Roadway User Fee
To be imposed on all those utilizing a public roadway to avoid traversing a municipal owned sidewalk.
Meter Feed Access User Fee
To be imposed on anyone standing on a public sidewalk, parking lot, or roadway while paying for the use of public parking on a right of way.
............and the list goes on and on.