I am impressed and grateful that the Falmouth Town Council was able to develop a plan to keep the Lunt/Plummer site in civic use without raising our taxes. As a result, I am voting yes on Question 1.
What really appeals to me about this plan is that the town cannot increase property taxes to pay for an expanded library and long-awaited community center because the referendum question specifically prohibits it. This plan asks the voters to authorize only the use of funds “not including new tax revenues.” If the necessary funding for the project is not in place within a 54-month time period, the project does not move forward. So I can be sure that my taxes will not be increased. And I can just look forward to the tremendous benefits the project will bring to our town.
The plan includes a long-awaited community center. For years the town has considered creating a community center, but previous proposals have been stymied by the cost for building and land. We, as a town, are lucky to have the opportunity to reuse an existing building and to do so cost-effectively while still providing the basic features Community Programs would like to see: multi-use rooms, a commercial kitchen, access to open space and a much-needed gym.
Generations to come will be able to benefit from the continued public use of Lunt and Plummer-Motz Schools. It would be such a loss to sell this property instead.