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Voting no hurts you

November 2, 2012
Fairmont Sentinel

To the Editor:

There are a number of reasons people express for opposing the Fairmont School referendum. Many of them are valid. However, it will cost every homeowner more if the referendum fails than if it passes.

When our local businesses, larger companies and hospital and physician groups are trying to recruit people and their families to Fairmont, the school system is the first thing they evaluate. What are the chances that anyone will want to move to a community that has little or no sports, music or other fine arts programs? About zero chance. And what does that mean for you? Instead of saving a couple hundred dollars per year, it will cost you thousands in the value of your home. Why would people want to move here? That's the thing you need to think about if you plan to vote no on the referendum.

And don't think that businesses are going to pick up the cost if it doesn't pass. We are all tapped out ... our business community has been exceedingly generous over the years ... but we can't take this on too.

Please look at the future of the community and the value of your home as you decide on how to vote. If you are a savvy investor, you will easily vote yes.

Tom Hawkins




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