Her family was also closely involved with the fire department for many years, and both her father and brother served as fire chief. Her other brothers also served as firefighters at different points.
“I’ve been very involved in Amesbury my whole life,” Bartley said. “My family was here, my mother was here, so I wanted to stay connected.”
If elected, Bartley said her top priorities would be to lower the tax burden on homeowners and to reorganize the City Council’s Finance Committee so that it would be made up of eight citizens and one city councilor, as opposed to the current format, which calls for the nine city councilors to comprise the Finance Committee.
She also made a point to emphasize that she is against the split tax rate and would fight any effort to reinstitute it. Bartley argued that splitting the tax rate would deter businesses from coming to Amesbury, and could encourage existing businesses to leave as well.
Ultimately, Bartley said her goal is to help bring about a change in the way things have worked in Amesbury over the past few years.
“The present elected officials have not heeded the will of their constituents,” Bartley said. “They have forged on with their expensive plans spending the tax money that we entrusted in their care, forgetting the moral responsibility to be fiscally responsible.”
District 2 comprises most of the northeastern part of town and includes Market Square, the Lower Millyard, Madison Street and the length of Congress Street. The district borders include the eastern side of Market Street up to Clinton Street, Clinton Street to Congress Street, and then the east side of Congress Street to the Salisbury border, and then on the south by the Powow River, Oakland Street, Elm Street until Monroe Street and then the west side of Monroe Street to Salisbury.