Robert Weiner, a long time resident of Hampton Falls has written a letter to the editor of the Hampton Union. In that letter, he has raised some very salient points, in particular looking at the breakdown of costs–an issue that has been hotly contested in the various messaging that has gone out to citizens. The numbers don’t add up:
Article 1 of the Hampton Falls School District (Lincoln Ackerman) ballot is for a $7,356,968 bond to build a new school gym and language, music, cafeteria, ADA compliant restrooms, storage, corridor and stage space. With the $2,780,000 interest for the 20-year bond this comes to a total of $10,136,968 or $506,848 per year for each of the next 20 years. There are 810 residences (homes, condos, mobile homes, apartments) in Hampton Falls and the equivalent in homes of the commercial, vacant and undeveloped land assessments is 154 (this is all based the latest information from the town assessor) which brings us to the equivalent of 964 homes paying property tax, which mean each homeowner, on average, will be paying $525 per year for the next 20 years for this bond alone.
Critics of the Hampton Falls Observer have called us “obstructionists” and “not interested in our students”, claims are that unfounded and simply incorrect. Mr. Weiner concluded his letter by saying:
So I ask you to vote for Article 2. If you feel the need for a new gym, vote for both Article 1 and Article 2 as either needs a 60 percent vote to pass and something needs to be done.
Well said Mr. Weiner, and thank you for your comments and commitment to the Town of Hampton Falls!