Letter: Falmouth Question 1 a big gamble

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Falmouth referendum Question 1 can best be described as a game of chance.

A 4 1/2-year gamble that selling Engine 3 Fire Station nets $150,000, (actual, $127,000 less commission), selling the library nets $1.25 million and selling land at Plummer-Motz nets another $2 million and the library trustees can raise $1.25 million. The odds on these four chances to achieve a net zero tax impact are as solid as the Town Council’s 4-3 vote for support of this referendum.

Then we have the chance of cost overruns: since the $5.65 million cost figure was derived, construction material costs have risen 10 to 15 percent.

I am in full support of creating a center for community programs at Motz. The only sure bet for a net zero property tax impact is to vote no and let the council invest the $900,000 (allowed without referendum) so that Community Programs can make the much-needed move to Motz in a timely fashion.

John P. Winslow