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Letter: Resident Urges 'No' Vote On New School Project

To The Editor:
10% TAX INCREASE NEXT YEAR, if the Tewksbury Elementary School Building project is approved on May 6th
   The MAIN PURPOSE of this project is to build a new, single elementary school for grades 2-4,  located next to the Ryan school (grades 5-6) at the already congested Pleasant Street address.  The dilapidated North St. & Trahan schools would be closed.
  The town of Tewksbury has been approved for a $33 million reimbursement towards the construction of the school BUILDING only.   The remaining $66 million will be billed to the Tewksbury residents.   This includes almost $10 million for a new athletic field complex (with synthetic turf field, 1,500 seat bleachers, concession stand, 2-story field house), an expensive add-on, to be sandwiched in BEHIND the new ELEMENTARY school.   THE ATHLETIC FIELD IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION.   THE EXTRA $10 MILLION  WILL BE BILLED FULLY TO TEWKSBURY TAXPAYERS!                                
Town Hall reports the following TAX INCREASES (figures including the yearly 2.5% tax override):
2019 TAX INCREASE =  5.9% ;  2020 TAX INCREASE = 10%             
This is almost a 16% tax increase in just 2 years !  
If Tewksbury is in DIRE NEED for a new elementary school building, why are the finances muddied up with an additional $10 million for an athletic field?       
There are a lot of residents who are on fixed incomes, who can not continue to have their taxes increased SIGNIFICANTLY every year.            
Why is the booster club not encouraged to raise additional funds for the requested athletic field, and take if off the backs of the heavily burdened taxpayers?
I understand that sports is HUGE in Tewksbury, but when you are trying to make ends meet on a fixed income, an  athletic field is not a priority.
  PLEASE ATTEND THE MAY 6TH TOWN MEETING AT THE TEWKSBURY HIGH SCHOOL TO VOTE  'NO'  on this proposed school project that is also forcing extra funding of a $10 million dollar athletic field in this single ballot question.         
Phyllis Giblin

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