Joan Tabachnick and Jane Fleishman: Back override
To the editor:
We are writing in support of the Northampton override. Like most of our friends, we are not overly enthusiastic about having higher bills to pay.
We are at a point in our lives where we are both sending our children through college and taking care of our parents. While fortunate to have work and a home, we don’t have regular salaries and certain income. Nevertheless, we support the override because we believe that paying our share of local taxes — even if that share goes up an average of $235 a year — is not only our duty, but our responsibility.
We believe that we, as citizens and taxpayers of Northampton, are responsible for providing our children with a safe community and excellent educational opportunities. We believe it is our responsibility to protect the salaries of 11 teachers and 4 police officers and help our city in its efforts to resolve the structural budgetary problems it faces.
We know that Massachusetts’ system for funding our cities and towns is broken and needs a major overhaul on the state and federal levels. But that fix will take a longer time. At this critical juncture, passage of the override, which provides for a stabilization fund, will give the city and its schools financial security and stability for at least the next four years. Please join us: make it your responsibility to vote yes on June 25.
Joan Tabachnick and Jane Fleishman