My children are long gone from home, yet I am very appreciative that when they were young, a generation older than mine helped to support fine schools and libraries and senior services.
My children are long gone from home, yet I am very appreciative that when they were young, a generation older than mine helped to support fine schools and libraries and senior services. These things gave my children a good start to life and an enduring sense for how well-supported community shapes their view of life in an American town.
I have lived in towns and cities that chipped away at local taxes, and I assure you that all we got were less and less services. There is some truth to the adage, "You get what you pay for."
We feel the direct impact of well-spent local taxes, which is more than I can say for the much larger federal taxes. We must remember that if we want to keep highly educated and highly skilled officials, we should expect to pay them comparably. The extra taxes will not be easy for me to pay, and I will have to make sacrifices to do it, but I believe it will be worth it for the sake of the generations above and below me.
If the override fails, I shudder to think of elementary school children in schools of over 500 students, reduced library hours, and reduced senior services that are the envy of the surrounding towns. We can do better for ourselves. We certainly owe it to our children to give them no less than what we have had ourselves.
An override failure will create a mess! Let us hold our elected officials responsible for a well-managed town, but do not let us tie their hands such that our lives will be diminished unnecessarily. Let us create a fine town where all residents enjoy the services they deserve by voting for the override.
Ann C. Fox