I attended the governor’s listening session on Jan. 24 in Lewiston. Rather than speaking there, I chose to write this letter to the editor.
First, I attended a meeting with Commissioner of Education Susan Gendron on Jan. 25, and she reported to legislators that the Lewiston listening session was positive! Amazing.
Rural citizens in the proposed Lewiston mega-district should realize that:
• Lewiston-Auburn’s mill rate effort for education is lower than that in the surrounding rural towns;
• Lewiston-Auburn would have the majority of votes in the district, and could vote for any spending they want;
• After that vote, the rural towns with a higher mill rate would then have to pay their share of the Lewiston-Auburn spending.
The property wealthy will be getting wealthier, and the property poor, poorer.
I can’t stress enough to the citizens of Androscoggin County the importance of attending the public hearing being held on the governor’s plan on Monday, Feb. 5, at 9 a.m. at the Augusta Civic Center.
Sen. John Nutting, Leeds