, Newburyport, MA


February 11, 2013

I can afford waterfront costs

To the editor:

Thanks to Mr. Morris’ letter to the editor of Feb. 1, I feel like I actually have some facts upon which to base an opinion about the waterfront controversy. Experts say the park will cost $5 million and $100,000 for the annual maintenance. The U.S. Census says Newburyport has 7,500 taxable households. Using a 39-year depreciation schedule (U.S. commercial tax rules), I’ll be paying $18 a year for the park and $13 a year for the park maintenance. Seems to be a reasonable price to keep it open, scenic and undeveloped.

Jack Santos


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