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Letter: In Epsom, a plea for common sense

There is a move afoot by some Epsom selectmen to purchase foreclosure property located across from the police department, renovate it, and turn it into town offices.

The property is assessed at $900,000 and available for about $285,000.

Sounds like a sweet deal, but not for our town, which has failed to fund needed upkeep and maintenance for three buildings it is responsible for: the old library, the old town hall and the meeting house. How can we buy more property if we are not prepared to maintain what we already own? These three buildings are not being well used, nor are they adding to the tax base.

Remember, this purchase would remove a valuable property from the tax rolls and further stress our town budget. Let’s leave property acquisition to private entrepreneurs and focus on maintaining, renovating and properly using what we already own.

The Epsom selectmen would need voters to approve this purchase in a special town meeting. Keep your eyes and ears open for this meeting and make sure your voice is heard. This is not a political issue; it is a common-sense issue.



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