That would also be an effective way to help improve the quality of Amesbury’s schools as a whole, which he said is a priority.
“I think our goal should be to be the best in this part of the state, certainly on par with Newburyport,” Gray said. “When people refer to the Amesbury school system, they should say Amesbury has excellent schools, and I think that’s the operative word.”
By improving the schools, growing the residential base and resolving the tax issue, Gray said he hopes to be able to build a renewed sense of buzz that he feels the city is lacking.
“I want to get back to what I heard six or seven years ago — that Amesbury is an up and coming town. You don’t hear that as much anymore and I want to get that back,” Gray said. “I think if we can accomplish those things, we can make it a place people will want to raise their children, live for a long time and retire.”