, Salem, MA


March 11, 2014

Letter: Enough is enough in Ipswich

To the editor:

Breaking news (not really): The Ipswich school department would like more money.

Once again the Ipswich School Committee is requesting an override, this time to the tune of $3 million, give or take a mill. Three gentlemen representing the schools spoke at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting last Monday night. They read off a wish list of items and new hires that the new superintendent claimed would make Ipswich a role model for others to follow.

As I sat there I thought these three each earning well over a $100,000 a year have no clue (or care to know, I’m afraid) what this tax increase would mean to elders on fixed incomes such as Social Security even with this year’s 1.5 percent increase. Or the young couple trying to hang on to their home and feed and clothe their kids.

Food, gasoline and heating fuels are at all-time highs. Other town departments are asking for rate hikes, such as water, sewer and electric. A repaving project has been approved for Linebrook Road. The cost of that has been quoted at another $3 million. The police would like another $10 million to $20 million to build a new police and fire station.

Some of us have been asking for an independent audit of the school budget for a long time. At this spring’s Town Meeting, the voters will finally have a chance to vote for this audit. It is time for a professional second opinion.

The new superintendent has been quoted as saying he would favor an audit but after the $3 million override has been approved. The first thing that came to my mind was Nancy Pelosi saying let’s pass this Obamacare bill then we can find out what is in it. We all know how that turned out.

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