When the Majority Is Convenient
Here in Tiverton, there’s some growing grumbles about the latest property revaluation, which appears to have shifted the weight of the tax burden toward those with waterfront property. Our situation appears mild (so far) in comparison with Barrington’s. Nonetheless, the phrase “class warfare” has been uttered, here and there, which is why a sentiment expressed by Barrington Town Council member Kate Weymouth raises a red flag:
“The majority of residents in this town are satisfied with their assessments and I am elected by the majority.”
Not knowing Ms. Weymouth’s history, I wouldn’t apply this to her, but the thought occurs that public officials are keen to be the voice of the voiceless, when that suits their preferences, or the voice of the majority, when their inclinations are in sync.