The city of Beverly has always been committed to maintaining or improving service levels while controlling real-estate tax levels. In other words, the city of Beverly controls taxes on residential uses by encouraging appropriate commercial development. The comparison to the nearby communities that do not encourage commercial development is nothing short of absurd. Residents of the towns cited in comparable homes to those in the Brimbal Avenue area pay significantly higher real estate taxes for comparable homes and receive significantly fewer services in return.
I sympathize with the Brimbal Avenue neighborhoods. Change is often scary. We all prefer the comfortable and familiar to the new and unknown, but all progress is based on the acceptance of change, and the proposed change is good for the city and the region and ultimately is good for the neighborhood and the people who live there.
In conclusion, I encourage a vote for highway safety, appropriate economic development and regional progress on Feb. 8. Please vote yes.
Richard D. Dinkin
Beverly Planning Board