Council's GOP members' alliance derails tax increase, then buckles

Council's GOP members' alliance derails tax increase, then buckles

McKee: 'Do you have any freaking idea what you just did?'

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em>Lambi: 'The Town Council is trying to send a message that we're looking for a rate increase of zero.'

CUMBERLAND - The 1 percent property tax increase projected last May was made final Monday night at a special meeting of the Town Council, but not before the three Republican freshmen turned a routine levy vote into a short-lived coup d'etat with the support of Democrat Manuel DaCosta.

Before it was over, a clearly flabbergasted Mayor Daniel McKee was accusing the instigator, Art Lambi, of making "one of the most amateur moves I've ever seen on the council,"

Lambi said his idea was to alter the levy enough to force a zero tax increase in bills going out in May, even though spending for the year began on July based on the 1 percent increase.

But McKee expressed such disdain for the councilors' "lack of understanding of how the town operates" that DaCosta was moved to call for a reconsideration and switched his vote.


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