Letter: Cost is the difference in North Yarmouth vote

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The upcoming North Yarmouth referendum questions are extremely important to the residents of this town. It basically boils down to whether we want to stay a small urban town or grow into a Yarmouth or Falmouth.

To us it is simple, we would have chosen either of those other two, but wanted the small-town atmosphere. What is being proposed by some selectmen is not what we want and we are opposed to Question 1 and support Question 2; we do not want to see our taxes go up.

The company that surveyed the Middle School sewage system said that monitoring and periodic pumping would be necessary to maintain the system. According to this paper that could be $2,000 to $20,000 per year.

Simply this whole issue is about money and cost. Cost alone tells me to vote no on Question 1 and yes on question 2.

Merlyn Fogg
North Yarmouth 

  • More Concerns

    Merlyn, I wish we had an updated FAQ addressing the following:
    1. With a major housing project in the middle of town, would that not increase number of children posing risk to quality of education?
    2. People come here for rural country look/feel and for the excellent schools, but a cookie cutter affordable housing projects will destroy that. That land too will be gone forever leaving us without the beauty that exists and with a stressed school system. Why is cutting down all those trees, putting in housing projects, increasing automobiles jamming traffic patterns, creating a need for more first responders a benefit for those who DO NOT live in the TIF district?
    3. Tax guarantees benefit the town from new assessment values and the developers INSIDE the TIF District, but couldn’t the required increase in services for the new housing project raise taxes for those outside the TIF district?
    4. Is there more risk for TIF projects that are more focused on ‘affordable housing’ vs commerce based projects?
    5. One argument in favor of your plan is that towns around us are doing it too, but wouldn’t this compound the first issue in this comment by an even larger headcount stressing the schools and putting tax liability on those outside the TIF district not to mention Cumberland
    Save our town. Save our schools. Vote NO on 1

  • jay fulton

    the 20k is about 1.54 per household, per year… is that correct? Did I do the math correctly? 20000 divided by 1297 households… 1.54 per year is that about 3 cents per week per household?