Is the Town of Yarmouth doing a bait and switch on the taxpayers?

To the Editor:

The Cape Cod Times editorial in today's newspaper, One Step at a Time, asks the question, How do you swallow a $275 million sewer project? Well, the cost mentioned is an estimated cost that will be put on the backs of the property taxpayers in Yarmouth with no citizen oversight.

The editorial mentions that 75 percent of the cost to sewer the town would be paid by all taxpayers in property taxes, and 25 percent would be paid for through targeted and specific sewer- and water-use fees. Targeted? The 25 % proposed increase in water fees is for all in Town, not targeted, including those who will never be connected to the sewer system along with the increase in property taxes.

The editorial does not address what is in Article 1 for the Town Meeting to be held on September 12th.

In the Warrant Article is clearly states the following:

and finally that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to assess betterment's for portion of the design and construction costs by the uniform payment method in accordance with chapter 80 and 83 if the Massachusetts General Laws or any other enabling authority and to act in any manner relative thereto.

What this means is the Board of Selectmen shall within six months after the completion of the improvement determine the value of such benefit or advantage to the land within such area and assess upon each parcel thereof a proportionate share of the cost of such improvement, Chapter 80 Section 1. This will be another added burden on the property owner or another word for it, a lien can be placed on the property owner. Is this a Bait and Switch on the property taxpayers?

I urge the registered voters in Yarmouth to attend the Town Meeting on Sept 12th and vote against Article 1, and on September 14, 2011, vote against the funding for this project, a Prop 2 ½ override.

Tom Sullivan
West Yarmouth, MA

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