Many Cape Elizabeth residents learned for the first time this past August that the town was proposing a $116 million bond to fund the largest and most expensive K-8 project ever proposed in Maine’s history, increasing local property taxes by at least 24 percent for the next 30 years. An expenditure of this magnitude requires much more public vetting than this project has received.

A 24-plus percent tax increase could force good people to make very hard choices. My neighbors, who have lived here for decades and are now retired after serving the community as nurses, teachers, police officers, firefighters and postal workers, are afraid they may have to move. No one should be forced to make that choice.

Cape Elizabeth must find the answer that’s right for the whole community. Fairness requires us to take the time to design a solution that works for everyone. We must do better!

Lisa Hall
Cape Elizabeth

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