Letter: No on Q1, yes on Q2 in North Yarmouth

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I have lived in North Yarmouth for 45 years. On Nov. 3 the town will vote on two questions that will affect the future character of the town. I am writing to express my support for Question 2.

If we approve Question 2, two things will definitely happen: the proposed municipal sewer project will be halted and Wescustogo Hall will be rebuilt. A vote for Question 2 will allow us to hold on to both the North Yarmouth Memorial School and the current town office properties and consider proposals for future development together as a town. It does not, as some claim, call for the school to be sold. Let’s keep our options open and preserve our clean drinking water. I plan on doing this by voting no on Question 1 and yes on Question 2.

Gerry Whiting
North Yarmouth 

  • So many concerns

    Gerry, that’s just the tip of the iceberg and I wish they’d provide 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