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Anne Fine: Passing override is in Northampton’s interests

To the editor:

I write to commend our mayor, David Narkewicz, for making the difficult but I believe necessary decision to ask the property owners of Northampton to vote for an override.

One can’t deny that this type of tax increase is regressive and viewed by some as unfair. But we, the residents of Northampton, have no other choice if we want to maintain the necessary and desirable services that make this town a place in which we are proud and happy to live. There is just no other way to get money for the operating budget.

Though my sons have already moved on to college and have lives away from here, I can’t imagine budget cuts resulting in our children losing more teachers, special education services and the opportunity to create and perform through the arts.

One would think our society would make the funding of education a priority. Instead, much of our federal tax money goes to foreign conflicts fought to preserve our access to natural resources. These policies are neglecting our children and local infrastructure. We are fortunate to have elected a mayor who has shouldered the responsibility of asking from us what he cannot get from our governor, senators or president.

Mayor Narkewicz has done the math, tightened our collective belt and still our town comes up way too short.

For our town to provide us adequate protection from fires and crime, if the potholes are to be fixed and our children educated creatively and responsibly, we need to vote yes on the override June 25.

Anne Fine

Florence

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