Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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March 21, 2013

Trio of residents launch website to promote discussion on town spending

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The three say they are concerned about the approximately $400 million in unfunded liabilities the town owes to retirees in the form of benefits and pensions. While many communities share such issues, they believe Andover should be doing more to tackle the problem.

They said it can be difficult and expensive to acquire public information they’ve requested, so they want to share the documents and information they have. The information is presented with a hint of humor, such as through the use of cartoons.

“We’re trying to do it with a little bit of humor, to be a little provocative. It’s really meant to start the conversation and engage people,” said Landry. “This will help them engage more, by seeing what the bigger issues are.”

“We have the opportunity to control and run our own town. Very few of us get engaged because its very difficult to understand the issues and understand the numbers that are put forward,” said Rigby.

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