Letter: Vote no on the Payson property bond

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As a 60-plus-year resident of Cumberland, I urge all of my fellow citizens to become acquainted with the issues surrounding Question 1. Thanks to the town website, you can view two meetings that present exceptional information on both sides of the question. First, the July 28 meeting, which highlights testimony from Dr. Ken Fink, a University of Maine professor and expert on coastal access, in which he notes that the vital eel and other grasses on the property can be destroyed in one weekend simply by walking on them. Secondly, the Oct. 6 meeting outlines the current scope of the project with little or no mention of realistic ongoing maintenance costs. This means just one thing: taxes will be going up for all of us – difficult especially, for those with fixed incomes. When the arguments are weighed, I believe you will join me in voting no on the Payson property bond.

Gail Vowles
Cumberland Foreside