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October 26, 2013

McClure prioritizes spending, business, schools

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I added a hotel tax that would bring in much-needed revenue without affecting Amesbury residents. I voted against an overpriced ($6 million) DPW and the taxpayers’ purchase of a sewer line for a multi-billion dollar company. I evaluated the return on the investment for every single spending measure.

In short, I treated taxpayer dollars as I would my own. Deciphering wants vs. needs, using reason and research, we can move Amesbury forward without breaking the backs of our lower or fixed-income residents. We can address the absurd water bills, help young families burdened with excessive school fees, and change the downward spiral of high taxes and undervalued properties.

And most important, we can establish a consensus process on how to evaluate and fund our schools so that the divisive and counterproductive cycle that pits residents against each other can once and for all be broken. Amesbury can move forward affordably and with that in mind I ask for your vote on Nov. 5.

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