I urge Yarmouth voters to reject Article 3, the public works referendum. It is an expensive proposal that doesn’t solve the real problem. Furthermore, it traps us in a situation with no long-term plan or projected cost estimates.

The referendum asks for $2.88M ($3.7M with interest) to build on to the existing garage – not fix it – and buy residential property with a vernal pool to ultimately convert into an industrial complex right next to the playground, ball fields and families’ homes. There’s no plan about what the future expansion is or what it might cost.

Town Manager Nat Tupper has said “This is a first phase … it doesn’t address the fact that we have a 1950’s-era building that needs a lot of work and probably should be torn down and rebuilt at some point.”

Vote no on Article 3.

Elizabeth Hope

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