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January 23, 2014

Letter: City needs revenue from development

To the editor,

I am voting for the Brimbal Avenue project. Why? Well, first of all, I like the concept of more commercial property in Beverly, giving us more tax dollars with less outlay from the city. The people of Beverly want more teachers because they believe that smaller class size means better education. While this is not necessarily true, more teachers cost money, and we don’t have it. More tax revenue helps.

What if we vote no? Suppose a low-income housing development wants to come in. They can, and this will not only increase the traffic but will increase the number of students in our schools. Let’s say you have 150 units and add 200 kids to the schools. The cost to educate kids is about $12,000 per student in Beverly. That is $1.8 million dollars a year, more than the taxes that the property will deliver. No kids will be in our schools from a commercial development, so we see a profit for the city.

This project will in all likelihood, reduce the traffic in North Beverly, on Dodge and Enon streets. This is a good thing. Since the project is right off of Route 128, I think the traffic concerns are not as bad as people think.

People have been shocked by the amount added to their tax bill from the Community Preservation Act. Wait until we need an override because when the city runs low on money, the mayor and council will threaten us with fewer police, firefighters and teachers to get you to pass higher taxes. Let’s get more taxes with the Brimbal Avenue project and avoid an override.

Elliott Margolis

Beverly

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