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February 14, 2013

Amesbury residents make case for lower taxes

Group submits report showing city's bills among the highest

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Kezer said he hopes the existing school building can be saved for historical reasons, but if it’s not suitable for development, then it may need to be torn down and the land subdivided and sold off as multiple single-family lots.

Regardless, Kezer was emphatic about the need to sell the property quickly so the city wouldn’t have to spend any more than the minimum amount of money needed to keep it from falling apart.

“Time is of the essence,” Kezer said. “We need to get this off us quickly.”

After some discussion, the council also voted 8-1 in favor of authorizing a $165,000 transfer of funds from the city’s Ambulance Receipts account to pay for a new ambulance chassis. Councilor Donna McClure cast the only no vote.

The quickest vote of the night came when the council gave its seal of approval to a measure that will delete the word “Town” from the official city seal and replace it with the word “City.”

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