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Pepperell, Townsend and Ashby — use caution when you vote at your upcoming Town Meetings, which will be occurring around the 15th of August for the Proposition 2 1/2 override for the North Middlesex Regional School District.

The increases seem to appear reasonably low. But if you were to add them to the upcoming property tax increases of 2 and a half percent and the debt exclusion for the feasibility study for the district school, the increases will be astounding to the property owners.

Townsend has already approved a $1.22 hike per $1,000 of evaluation. Pepperell is currently at about $14.60 per $1,000 of evaluation but has not approved any amount of increase as of yet, but will be discussing in the near future based on what state aid will be coming in a month or two.

I have not as yet checked with Ashby to see what their numbers are.

Townsend’s foreclosures to date from March 1, 2012, for 21 weeks, are in at 21 and “for sale” signs are all over Townsend.

By no means am I opposed to education or teachers. But I cannot understand why the school district did not start planning a year ago when the stimulus money was going to run out and no thought was given to avoid this from happening.

RON DIONNE

Townsend