Letter: Vote yes on Falmouth Question 1

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The June election gives Falmouth voters a rare opportunity to participate in a fundamental decision about the kind of community we want to be.

With the upcoming vacancy of the Lunt/Plummer-Motz school campus, Falmouth must decide how to manage that property for future benefit. An impressive amount of planning, including unprecedented opportunities for public input, has generated an exciting and sensible plan to create a multi-purpose Town Center. The plan would make this conversion without raising taxes.

Falmouth has long been a town where people are proud to live and work, and where the word “community” has real meaning. The Route 1 strip provides shopping and employment opportunities, but what has always been missing is a physical place that embodies and promotes our sense of community. If we pass Question 1, Falmouth would finally have a community center, the library would have the space it desperately needs, and a town green would be created as a home for both informal outdoor activities and significant community events.

With the vacancy of Lunt/Plummer-Motz we have a once-in-lifetime opportunity to use our investment in public institutions and buildings in a way that will help ensure that Falmouth remains a desirable place to live for another generation. And the chance to create the Town Center without increasing taxes makes it a “no-brainer.”

Please join me in voting Yes on 1. It is the smart and financially prudent way to preserve Falmouth’s greatest strength – our commitment to our community.

John Brautigam