2015-05-22 / Letters

Change of heart over school renovation referendum

To the editor:

I have a confession to make. As an RSU 21 School Board member, I voted against the $75 million school renovation referendum that went to vote in January 2014. It’s all a matter of public record, so perhaps I’m not making much of a confession. But it’s important to note where I’m coming from when I tell you why I am voting yes on June 9 to renovate schools in Arundel, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport.

Last time, it was too much money.

This time, the total cost is $40 million less to the taxpayers.

Last time, the plan included turf fields, performing arts center and community rooms.

This time, the focus is solely on safe, modern facilities to educate our children.

Last time, taxes would have skyrocketed in all three towns.

This time, the average tax rate will be almost 27 percent less than the last proposal.

Last time, the schools needed repairs and renovations to address safety issues.

This time, they still do, and it will only get worse and cost more if we wait.

Now is the time. Please join me in voting yes on Question 1 on June 9. Last time I couldn’t say that. This time I can.

Frank Drigotas, RSU 21 board member
Kennebunk

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