The paper asked "What's so unfair?" It's tough to know where to begin.
The tax slated to end was always considered a temporary fix to compensate for cuts in state aid to cities and towns.
Lawmakers passed the increases in difficult budget times, but said at the time the tax is regressive, hits low- and middle-income homeowners the highest, and is bad tax policy.
They set a "sunset" or end date, and then at the behest of local officials last year extended it for another year.
Now Godfrey, Freedman and Rep. Hank Bielawa who attended the meeting in question are being pressured to not honor the commitment to end the tax because municipal officials want to keep the additional income. The paper argues that towns "have come to count on the money."
What is unfair is criticizing lawmakers for doing what they agreed to do and said was sound policy two years ago - ending the tax increases.
Maybe The News-Times should look more critically at the irresponsible budgeting practices of cities and towns that are planning for tax revenues that won't be there.