, Salem, MA


June 10, 2014

Letter: Beware another Ipswich override attempt

To the editor:

Well, the Ipswich Proposition 21/2 override failed. If you thought that was the end of it, think again. You would think that at least some of the elected officials would be in tune with the majority of the voters. That doesn’t seem to be the case. The selectmen, the Finance Committee and the School Committee are all in favor of the tax increase. They are already plotting ways to circumvent the will of the voters. The School Committee members and the superintendent have given their opinions as to why the override failed. The superintendent thought it might have been Brad Hill’s fault for informing the voters of the $3 million they will receive from the state. Others have suggested that exit polling would have swung things in their favor. Overconfidence after the lopsided vote at Town Meeting was mentioned. They have considered everything except the fact that the majority of the people who showed up to vote think that 60-plus percent of the total town budget is enough and, perhaps, too much already.

It has been proven many times in the past that what goes on at Town Meeting does not always reflect the feelings of the taxpayers as a whole. The meetings are always flooded with a partisan crowd there to push through a particular article. Many people don’t go to the town meetings because of the way those whose viewpoint differs from those on the stage are treated. They are bullied, harassed and constantly interrupted by the moderator. They are also strictly held to a time limit set by the moderator, which is partially used up with the moderator’s interruptions. Those on stage are allowed to ramble on indefinitely. Such was the case at the recent Town Meeting when a School Committee member was allowed to sing the praises of their in-house audits for far too long. Be ready — they will be back again to attempt to squeeze more money out of the beleaguered taxpayers. Many people have asked if the override had passed would the no voters be allowed to hold a second vote. I think not.

Dick Dunn


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