Sandwich voters need to attend the Special Town Meeting on Monday, October 28, and support our seniors, families, and community by voting yes on Article 1. Sandwich has taken advantage of two new revenue streams to fund the long-promised Center for Active Living, and much-needed technological improvements to help our Sandwich Public Library fully serve the changing needs of residents of all ages—without any increase in taxes.
While I hope that there will be opportunities to lower Sandwich taxes in the future, the town has presented a very conservative plan to successfully fund these essential facilities. They are not luxuries, and we need them to maintain and raise the value of the town for current and future residents. There is nothing to be gained by denying this opportunity.
If Sandwich residents truly want to change our tax scenario, the best option would be to elect new state representatives in 2020 that care enough to fight for more equitable Chapter 70 funding for our schools. In comparison, the rest of our town budget is small potatoes. The upcoming Town Meeting is a rare chance to make Sandwich a better place for residents of every age and need.
Jonathan D. Finn