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Opinion

June 19, 2014

Find ways to save money instead of raising taxes

To the editor:

Regarding the proposed tax override to benefit the schools: Please think twice before approving this measure.

Do not follow the federal government’s actions, just raise taxes, rather than question if the existing monies could be better spent.

I found it “interesting” that raises for the School Committee members were announced at the same time that there didn’t seem to be enough money for the children.

What about stopping yearly salary increases for all the teachers? No one in private industry is getting one, they are just grateful to have a job. And is it really necessary to provide monies to City Hall employees to purchase clothes? And, what about changing laws that allow double dipping with pensions?

There are many ways to save money to benefit the schools without raising taxes.

If this should pass, please consider a tax break to senior citizens.

Most of us are living on fixed incomes and cannot afford to live in our homes if the tax rate keeps escalating.

Ann Lynch

Newburyport

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