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Easthampton override too costly for residents, town

To the editor:

I am truly impressed with all the work that the committee for support of the override for the Easthampton school system is doing. I mean, a night out at a suggested donation of $25; all those printed signs and flyers posted throughout the town, and now a raffle (according to their Facebook page) for $10 a ticket.

People may be wondering how come those who oppose the override (such as myself) aren’t counteracting their efforts with our own signs and such. It’s simple — we (those who are really living a limited income) can’t afford it. Nor can we afford the override.

If this override passes, I’m afraid it’s going to affect the city residents in the long run. I, more than likely, will not be able to afford to pay someone to plow my driveway, thus impacting his income. Subscriptions to local papers may also have to be cut. Groceries will become harder to afford, thus putting even more of a strain on local food pantries. I was unable to get a prescription filled this past month because I didn’t have the money. And with the cost of heating fuel expected to rise 15 percent to 20 percent, what will that do for those who are barely making it even with fuel assistance? I urge Easthampton residents to think long and hard about this override. I believe this is not the time for a property tax override. Please vote no.

Virginia Suchecki


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