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Southampton Press / Opinion / Letters / 2049713

Flip the Ballot

We have the opportunity to improve the model for how we do affordable community housing in the towns of Southampton, East Hampton, Shelter Island and Southold on November 8. A vote yes on Proposition 3 (yes, flip the ballot) for the Community Housing Fund will allow towns to collect funds on real estate sales — without raising taxes for local residents — that can be used to support housing for local first responders, health care workers, teachers, and those who live and work in our towns. Local funding. Local housing. Local people.

Each town will form a Community Housing Fund Advisory Committee, made up of local residents, which will recommend ways to most effectively use the funds to benefit our local residents. Low-cost loans, shared equity purchases, home rehabilitation, and rentals for essential workers are just a few of the ways that each town will be able to design its plan to use the funds.

But, we must create the fund first. Assisting local residents and workers in many small ways can help preserve the jobs that protect our infrastructure and maintain the character of our communities.

So, on November 8, or before, if you’re an early voter, vote yes for teachers. Vote yes for volunteer firefighters. Vote yes for EMTs. Vote yes for health care workers. Vote yes for young people who grew up here and now want to live and work in their hometowns.

Vote yes for community housing.

Michael Daly

Sag Harbor

Daly is a founder of the organization YIMBY — Ed.