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The average residential property tax bill in Harvard is $8,320 per year. Those tax dollars are spread across a variety of services that a well-run town should provide.

The town of Harvard’s Finance Committee is seeking the input of town residents to asses the quality of the town’s services, to help establish the priorities those services should reflect, and to collect budget-related and service-related suggestions and solutions from the residents of the Town. FinCom is offering a brief survey for Harvard residents, to collect these views and suggestions.

The survey can be completed online at www.harvard.mass.us. Hard copies are also available at the Town Hall, the library, Hildreth House or the General Store. Completed paper surveys should be dropped off at Town Hall during regular business hours, or mailed to: Finance Committee, 13 Ayer Road, Harvard, Mass. 01451. The deadline for survey responses is Oct. 7, 2009.

The survey is not a vote. No survey, no matter how carefully designed, can be a perfect representation of the interests of everyone in a community. The survey is simply a forum — in addition to other forums such as open meetings — that Harvard residents have at their disposal, to participate in and shape the priorities of the town.

George McKenna, Chairman

Steve Colwell, Marie Fagan,

Lori Granville, Marie Sobalvarro,

John Sullivan, Bob Thurston,

Collyn Bradley, Harvard Finance Committee