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To The Editor:
As a resident of Duxbury and a past vice-chair of the Duxbury Select Board, I strongly recommend support for a redistricting configuration that will keep Duxbury in the same legislative district as Waterbury.
Our two towns have been joined at the hip historically, financially and socially for as long as can be remembered. The scope of the connection is such that being represented in Montpelier under a single umbrella is of great importance to both communities.
Duxbury and Waterbury share a primary school, a middle school and the boards that run them.
Duxbury is a bedroom community with fire and rescue services, library and senior center services provided through and in Waterbury. Payments for these resources are annual budget line items for Duxbury.
Our individual historical societies combine to print an annual fund-raising calendar, and we have shared responsibilities in the maintenance of the historic iron bridge that spans the Winooski River between our towns.
Duxbury taxpayers own businesses in Waterbury. The Waterbury business community provides our economic, commercial and employment base.
Being in the same legislative district has been instrumental in the success of many significant undertakings and negotiations, the most recent being the ongoing pooling of resources at both the municipal and state level in the wake of Irene's devastation to both our communities.
Sharing district representation led to the development of a master plan for the Vermont State Hospital Farm and land left vacant in Duxbury many years ago. It was there that the new joint middle school was built. Our shared representatives, along with officials from both towns, continue to be involved in potential development plans under contract on the remaining land, with significant economic and traffic implications to both towns in the future.
The importance of keeping Duxbury and Waterbury together, as new redistricting lines are drawn, speaks to a long history of benefits to not only our taxpayers but the state and the overall vibrancy of Central Vermont.