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The Gale School is a beautiful example of Belmont’s history

To The Daily Sun,

This may be the last chance we have to keep the Gale School in Belmont from being torn down. On Friday, March 4, at 7 p.m. discussion and voting will begin and there are three articles that deal with the historic Gale School.

Article 8 asks the voters to save the Gale School by providing the funds to move the school to Concord Street and do necessary renovations to keep it from further deterioration and ultimately make it into a building that can be used.

Article 9 is similar to Article 8, but asks for less money to do the same work but keep the school in its existing location.

Article 10 asks the voters to provide funds to tear down the school. The most important vote you can make is to vote "no" on Article 10. Whether you are in favor of preserving the Gale School via Article 8 or 9, you must still vote "no" on Article 10.

I support saving the Gale School for both personal and historic reasons. I suspect that many residents of Belmont feel the same. My children attended classes in the school and I was there frequently enjoying helping out in various ways to support them.

More importantly, the Gale School is a beautiful example of Belmont's historic architecture that should be preserved. The entire building was built using only hand tools. Not too many of those (are) left. Along with the bandstand and the library, the Gale School is a great example of Belmont's continuity and heritage. If it is torn down, it is gone forever.

Please join me in voting "No" on Article 10 and "Yes" on Articles 8 and/or 9. The rest is up to you.

Susan Condodemetraky

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Gilmanton property taxes have risen 66 percent in 14 years

To The Daily Sun,

Gilmanton taxpayers, remember your shock when you received your property tax bill for 2015? My property taxes increased 12 percent in one year, from $4,910 to $5,555! In 2002, my first year as a resident of Gilmanton my property taxes were $3,345. That is an outrageous 66 percent increase in 14 years!

How and why did the taxes get this out of control? Who is to blame for this substantial increase? Fingers have been raised and pointed. But the bottom line is, the fault lies with the person who had previously held the position! But don't you dare question the previous job holder! If you do, you are wasting town time and money according to a non-elected board chairman who pushed through a $5,000 a year, for four years, ($20,000) pay increase for a newly appointed town administrator!

This same non-elected individual had a private luncheon, while serving in an official town capacity, to devise a plan to provide a special interest group with three years of funding to circumvent yearly funding. But legal counsel advised this three year plan was not the way to go. Then suddenly, a last minute unscheduled emergency meeting was held to amend the plan to a two-year deal while keeping the one year deal in place giving the special interest two opportunities to get our money. This representative of special interest has loudly demonstrated the ability to use the position of chairman to dig deeper into our pockets resulting in further increasing the town budget and tax rate.

The good news for the hard working Gilmanton taxpayer is that this appointment will end soon! The bad news is that we the taxpayers, are still responsible for these irresponsible actions! Have you noticed the few signs around town that encourage a "Yes Vote" are the colors red and white? The word "Yes" is used to give a positive answer or reply to a question, request, or offer. Red is a universal color for danger/warning. So is there a danger in the red "Yes"? Only to increasing the ever increasing tax rate. Our land needs to be kept pure. The ballot needs to remain with all the people. And the tax rate MUST be reduced.

Bill Schmidlin

Gilmanton Iron Works

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