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On Feb. 10, Ayer will be having a special town meeting. The subject again will be that they need more money to run town departments.

As a taxpayer and homeowner, I don’t have any more money to help you. I turned my heat down to 50, I reduced my auto and home insurance to the bare minimum, I make one week’s groceries last two weeks, I need prescriptions but cannot afford to pay for them, I run my car only if I have to. The list goes on and on but I think you get the message.

I am on a fixed income and also have to make the hard choices of just barely getting by. It is now time for the town to make hard choices so that us on fixed incomes can still remain in our homes that we worked so hard to get. This override the town is asking for is just the beginning of what is going to be asked of us.

The fact is that we need to do what no one wants to talk about — we need to downsize all departments in town. I am pretty sure the override will pass, but the elderly and people on fixed incomes need to attend this meeting and try to save ourselves from further hardship and vote these overrides down. Seventy-five percent of surrounding towns have voted them down because taxpayers just cannot afford any more.

The fact is that we need to do what no one wants to talk about — we need to downsize all departments in town. I am pretty sure the override will pass, but the elderly and people on fixed incomes need to attend this meeting and try to save ourselves from further hardship and vote these overrides down. Seventy-five percent of surrounding towns have voted them down because taxpayers just cannot afford any more.

The Public Spirit did an excellent article on the Ayer parking garage a while ago and I would really welcome their input on this override and the fact that homeowners have nowhere to turn to. If this override passes then we will see more homes for sale in Ayer and I will probably be one of them. It’s sad but it’s true.

We need to downsize and it needs to be done before it’s only the rich that own a home. The American dream of owning a home is becoming a thing that only the rich can afford. Let’s not become a town that is not livable. The tri-board meeting was a good idea but instead of looking for more money we should be looking for ways to live within our means. We need to go to town meeting and vote this down and get back to the basics. I do thank the two selectman that are trying their best to help us taxpayers but getting no support from the others. This will be corrected I believe at the future elections for selectman. Selectman Conley is one of the selectmen working hard for the town, and taxpayers, of . I will be at the special town meeting and hope to see her fighting for us elderly and fixed-income people. We need to be there to help her help us. Vote “no” on the overrides. Our vote does count.

AYER RESIDENT