, Newburyport, MA


April 3, 2014

Taxpayers bear the burden of school budget

To the editor:

I would like to comment on the letter from Triton Superintendent Farmer in the March 26 Daily News. He wonders where the evidence is that there is a “wave of taxpayer displeasure” concerning the school budget, since there were so few attendees at the informational meeting and the final meeting.

Let me tell you, I have attended meetings in the past and even gotten up to voice my concerns, as many others had. The results are always the same. There is no concern for the taxpayers or the community, it is only about the budget and what he and the committee want. The budget goes up constantly, every year. There are never any cuts to save money, as most towns and its residents must do to survive. Yes, I and many others have attended the meetings only to be ignored.

It is a joke and a slap in the face to the residents of the communities in the Triton district to think that someone is listening when we go to these meetings. That is why I can’t be bothered to go to them, and I am sure that is the reason for the low attendance.

The residents go to the polls to vote down the override required to fund the school budget and what happens, the school must be funded, but the towns do not. Cuts are made to town services, such as fire, police or public works. The Council on Aging loses funding and has to cut needed programs for the elderly who depend on them for companionship or nourishment.

The towns are crumbling under the burden of the school budget, and that has to be addressed not just when he submits his budget, but during the year before it to find ways to pay for the upcoming budget that won’t mean an increase in the property taxes that most residents are having a hard time meeting at the present rates.

Yes, there is a “wave of taxpayer displeasure,” but Mr. Farmer is too blinded by his budget to see it.

George T. Gallant III


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