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Keep Northampton great: Vote for the override

To the editor:

The June 25th override vote is a choice between investing in Northampton’s continued success, or defunding Northampton and risking its decline.

In the wake of a huge loss in state aid over the past 10 years, our city government has practiced fiscal responsibility and reduced expenses. We’ve saved money on health insurance and cut overhead by consolidating departments. Our schools have already lost 37 teachers in the last decade. We’re already lean. Now we have to decide if we want to pay what it costs to keep the great city that we have, or would we prefer to shrink in stature.

The decision to shrink may sound like the cheaper option, but it comes with great risk. A city that becomes known for underfunded schools and insufficient police is a city that can’t retain its residents or attract new ones. It’s a city with a diminishing tax base, sinking property values and an overall loss of wealth.

Northampton has weathered tough times and continued to prosper because we have chosen to wisely and prudently invest in our future. Let’s stay on the path that keeps Northampton great by voting yes June 25.

Bill Scher

Northampton

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