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Resident says issue would move city backwards

7/25/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times. In order to advance as a community and be able to attract business, jobs and families to Norton, we need to take care of the issues at hand. The biggest subject we are facing in Norton is sanitary sewers. We must work together as good stewards of the land to make sure that our Norton is not contributing to waterway pollution or contaminating our neighborhoods. This is a problem that we cannot continue to avoid and leave for the next generation to deal with. However it is happening, wherever it is happening, it needs fixed.

There are limited paths that can be taken to accomplish this goal and all will most certainly be met with opposition. At the end of the day, the most viable solutions will become easier to manage if the city is persistent in getting federal and state tax dollars returned to Norton through grant awards and low-interest loans. This process is not always favorable for our small town, but we need to press forward until it happens. However, from a funding standpoint, I do not support taking from those who have already paid or are paying for their sewers and water.

As a Ward 2 resident, I have sewer and water that I already paid for, as have most of my neighbors. Now we are being told that if Issue No. 1 passes, our services will take a hit because we will be paying for everyone else’s. According to our city leaders, our police, roads program and parks all are on the hook for potential cuts. Never mind that the Issue says the city will pay, but doesn’t that mean us taxpayers, since we fund the city? Well, that’s just not something I’m willing to stand for. I’ll be voting no on Issue No. 1 Aug. 6 because I want to move Norton forward, not backwards. We can’t afford Issue No. 1.

Danny Grether, Norton

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