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Dear Citizens of Charlestown,

During our door-to-door election conversations last fall, many of you said you wanted to see more family activities in the town. You also said you wanted to keep your property taxes low.

Due to sound fiscal management, the town can afford a reasonably sized community center without incurring debt or raising the tax rate. Without a tax rate increase, we have an outstanding opportunity to use approximately $3.1 million dollars from this year’s budget to build a community center that would benefit young and old people across the town throughout the year.

This kind of project directly benefits you, the taxpayer. If the budget passes, the Town Council has appointed a highly qualified Ad Hoc Committee to determine what you want in the Community Center for families, seniors, etc., within the funding parameters.

To avoid incurring additional costs, we have proposed using the Ninigret Park location, which allows us to leverage existing staff resources:

Parks and Recreation is already on site for summer camp/events.

Emergency Management already coordinates an emergency warming/cooling center at the Senior/Community Center.

Senior Center staff could move to facility.

The existing outdoor amenities of Ninigret Park dovetail beautifully with the additional opportunities offered by a Community Center designed to support the activities our residents want for themselves and their families.

A YES vote at the June 3 budget meeting is a vote for our community!!!

Julie Carroccia

Charlestown

The writer is a member of the Charlestown Town Council.

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