To the editor:
I am supporting Mac Bell for mayor.
Much is made by the Kirk administration of our increased bond rating and her amassing of millions of our tax dollars in the form of “free cash.”
“Free cash” isn’t free.
These “successes” come at the expense of increased public safety risk — especially in Lanesville and Magnolia — due to unnecessarily closed fire stations. It comes at the cost of perennially underfunding our schools driving more of our students to neighboring districts costing the city $1.4 million a year in school choice.
The nominal bond rating changes might sound impressive, but they, in fact, save the city very little in actual borrowing costs — especially when weighed against the intentional sacrifices Mayor Kirk has made in public safety and education.
This year alone, Mayor Kirk withheld $1.1M in already appropriated education funding so it could fall to “free cash”.
In six years we’ve seen hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of tax dollars spent on “consultants” yet we’ve seen absolutely nothing in the way of any plan for increasing real economic development.
Mac Bell is the candidate who has real, successful, hands-on business experience investing in and rebuilding this community.
He has an actual plan, and the personal experience, to work for sensible, achievable economic development on our harbor while maintaining the integrity and the importance of our heritage as a fishing community and a working waterfront. Mac Bell gets it.
Mac Bell understands the critical role that education plays not only in giving our children the start they need for their own lives, but in how it enriches and builds the entire community. Excellent schools create a place where people and businesses want to invest, bringing jobs and sustainability. Mac Bell gets it.
It’s time to stop playing shell games with our tax dollars. We need to invest in education, invest in public safety and invest in the economic engine that is our harbor.
Mac Bell gets it and that’s why he has my vote.
Marble Road, Gloucester