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In response to the Feb. 25 letter to the editor "Solar is much better for the bottom line in Hopkinton," by Dorothy Gardiner: Dorothy, I agree with you, our town council did not do what is best for Hopkinton or the Hopkinton comprehensive plan.

A lot of people are misinformed. Houses will be built and rocks are worth a lot of money.

We and the neighbor across the street had to hire an attorney to represent us because of all the hoot and howling going on at the meetings by those opposed to solar.

Our attorney knows of the owner, and he told us, he is not in the business to lose money. He has been paying property tax of $31,000 per year for nine years and has around $4 million invested and you cannot expect him to walk away from $4 million dollars.

No one is more affected by houses being developed than my wife and I. We are bordered on three sides by Brushy Brook. So yes we want solar in place of houses. This will not be seen from the road, no traffic and no children in the school system at an education cost of $18,000 per student.  Many more expenses goes along with houses.

So far the tax rate in our new budget will increase by $0.83, so on a $300,000 house it will go from $6,021 to $6,270, or an increase of $249.

Houses cost money for education, but solar and any other business will bring money into Hopkinton.

John Orlandi

Hope Valley

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