Statement: As a taxpayer in Amesbury who has long family history of involvement in the town of Amesbury (My father was a business owner and fire chief who died fighting a fire in Amesbury, my brother was also fire chief and my other brothers were both business owners and firemen, all when the Fire Department was comprised of call firemen), I feel compelled to “throw my hat in the ring” in the hopes of reversing unsustainable course (led by the mayor and City Council) that the citizens of Amesbury are facing.
Amesbury has the highest tax rate of all 34 Essex County communities and the 7th lowest property values. This has to be reversed.
The elderly fear losing their homes and often have to choose doing without essentials in order to pay their taxes; citizens fear losing their homes as many face a cutback from full-time to part-time employment because of the regulations of the Affordable Care Act, which will also increase their health care out-of-pocket contributions.
Few would be interested in buying a home in Amesbury when they learn of the tax rate, the low home values and the status of the school system. Citizens who would like to sell their homes are reluctant to do so as they know that if they did, they would suffer a loss.
The present elected officials have not heeded the will of their constituents. They have forged on with their expensive plans, spending the tax money that we entrusted in their care. Forgetting their moral responsibility to be fiscally responsible.
A total change of elected officials will bring in new ideas, a positive change in attitude, actions that strive for the good of all the citizens of Amesbury and possess the integrity to be fiscally responsible custodians of the hard-earned money of the struggling taxpayers of Amesbury. I would like to be part of the new team and make a difference, one step at a time.