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Public safety needs remain for Easthampton

To the editor:

By continually refusing to grant the School Department the full amount requested for yearly budgets, the Easthampton mayor would appear to be pro-taxpayer (as he is regarding police, fire and public works) knowing that the aforementioned will (did) generate a call for a Proposition 2½ override pitting young voters against older and retired voters.

There could be pitfalls for the pro-school faction and the mayor should the override succeed. With the higher permanent taxing percent it would create, the School Department might have a false sense of security in formulating future yearly budget requests assuming “they” got the taxing percentage raised permanently. The mayor, at some point, may want to direct some of the newly acquired revenue to the police and fire departments and DPW, which are grossly understaffed.

Rebecca Reid


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