Steve Consilvio – Candidate for Selectman

Background

Steve Consilvio is originally from Watertown, MA.  He has lived in Auburn for about 25 years now.  He started his business, Squeegee Graphics, in 1987.  He has a B.A. in history from Syracuse University.  Steve is married with three grown children.

Why are you running for selectman?

I want to see a move from property tax to income tax.  If voters don’t want that, or they don’t understand why, they should trust me, or don’t vote for me. We are stuck in the muck.  The system is broken.  The math doesn’t make any sense.

My proposal would be very difficult, and it is a long process.  But someone has to start it, it won’t happen from the top down.  It has to start in the towns and pushed up.  We keep making the same mistakes and expecting a different result.

The problem with our system is that is is based on false value. Towns get revenue from property tax. The whole structure is based on real estate process going up, and tax rates going up. But it’s all false economy. We need to change the thinking of the institution.

Rising real estate prices hurt everyone.  We’ve been told it’s good, but that’s the biggest lie in the world. Everything is owned by someone else, so when the next generation tries to find someplace to live – because we all need a place to live – they can’t afford it.  Worse, the numbers are made up.  Land belongs to everyone, everyone needs a place to stay.  And when the real estate market blows up, the country blows up.

Ultimately, towns would be the clearing house for property. When people sell they sell back to the town, avoiding this cycle of rising and falling real estate prices.  We need to get rid of debt systematically, and this is one way to do it.  When seniors bought their homes 40, 50 years ago, they paid $14,000.  Now that property is assessed at $200,000. The seniors can’t afford the taxes, but these assessed values are just made up numbers.

Businesses are treated with a huge double standard. They have revenue, get to deduct all their expenses, and they are taxed on what’s left.  Why aren’t individuals taxed on “what’s left” after paying for food, and rent and education and gas? We are taxed on what we bring in for the most part.  And we are taxed on our property through this assessed value someone makes up.

This is all fixable, but it has to start at the bottom.  We need to put the dagger in the dragon.  But first people need to be educated so they see that there’s a dragon.