To The Daily Sun,
I read with interest the idea of having another meeting by the Board of Selectmen to discuss the recent vote in regards to the old mill. I will attempt to explain in this letter what I perceive as the reason(s) for the vote.
First of all, the vote and results of what took place at the Shaker School District meeting is probably one of the main reasons people may have voted against this article. The impact to the taxes in Belmont due to the vote at the school district meeting will be a huge increase in our already high taxes that many, myself included, are having trouble already trying to pay.
The other question that many asked is would this money for the mill be money well spent? Many aren't ready to go that far at the costs that were indicated are needed to again repair/revamp the old mill.
You want the old mill for a town hall for how many total employees? This will not happen as long as we are faced with some of the highest property taxes in the entire state. The school needs to learn better how to control their spending.
That won't happen until SB-2 is applied to the school district. The town simply cannot afford any more or any higher taxes.
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