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Fire department doesn’t need a new hall

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I recently moved back to my home in Adams after living for a few years in Fair Haven.

In the village of Fair Haven, we have water, sewer and a fire department. We get the same kind of services that we receive here in Adams.

Our streets are plowed in the winter; our village properties are maintained; and the water system works properly.

In Fair Haven, my taxes are about one-third of what they are here in Adams for a house of about the same size and value.

I attended a public hearing on the fire department expansion in July along with a number of other residents and expressed my concerns about the very high village taxes. In August, the trustees approved the project and agreed to seek a 20-year, $1.2 million bond to fund it.

This will cost the village property owners a minimum of $1.7 million. This project by law required a permissive referendum.

The permissive referendum law states that if 20 percent of the village electors signed a specific petition, it would force the issue to a public vote in November.

I worked with the village canvassers seeking signatures and listened to many residents who were concerned about their local taxes and welcomed an opportunity to vote on the fire department expansion. People do realize that this is a big financial project for just the village taxpayers. Businesses and residents just outside the village who have Adams’ fire protection won’t bear any of the cost of this expansion.

The fire department needs more space, but this proposal appears to be for a new fire hall and not just an expansion. An expansion would be just adding two or three extra bays for their firefighting equipment.

I am retired and live on a fixed income. I love my home in Adams and want to continue living here.

Please don’t drive me out with the ever-increasing village taxes. Please let your concerns be demonstrated in the ballot box on Nov. 5: Vote.

Marsha Sawma

Adams

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