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Dracut Town Hall Lacks Vision

August 29, 2018

Here we go again with town of Dracut asking for another vague tax increase. Seems every two years they try to sell something new to the town on the backs of its taxpayers.

Last time it was upgrades to the Police Department and digital upgrades to the schools, which they miraculously found funds for after the override was shot down by the voters. This time they want town residents to pick up the bill on a new fire station on Lakeview Avenue and security upgrades to the already falling-apart grammar schools. Of course these two projects are needed, but one has to wonder are the funds miraculously to be found again.

And if you ask any town official why weren’t these projects budgeted and planned for if the town knew they were needed. They’ll answer with the infamous rebuttal: the town of Dracut has a 90 percent residential tax base, and the money isn’t there.

Meanwhile, the town is dragging its feet on setting up one of the biggest tax revenue generators in state history with the opening of recreational marijuana facilities, which the people voted for.

Maybe if Town Hall spent more time preparing, and working on the vision of Dracut, than bullying and running its employees through the mud, they might actually get something done.

CHRISTOPHER TIERNEY

Dracut

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