Tax-exempt properties should help repair NL

The Jan. 26 article, "New London's city-owned buildings haunted by decades of deferred repairs," notes that millions of dollars are needed to repair the city's decaying buildings. It cites as one reason for the lack of funds the large amount of property exempt from taxes.

I have a solution. The mayor should issue an executive order requiring the tax-exempt properties to make a one-time payment to cover the necessary repairs. This tactic seems to work well on the national level. For those who say he cannot impose a tax, call it a "one-time infrastructure assessment."

Our local government official must learn from the national leaders.

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