AFD arrives Hampshire College Admissions for false alarm today 2:25 PM
Not to pick on Hampshire College or anything, but they are the #3 landowner in town and they do charge students who attend top dollar, but they contribute nothing to the town for Amherst Fire Department protection. Which they call on quite frequently.
UMass pays $325,000 annually (too little by the way) while Amherst College pays $90,000 for this vital public service. And as I said (many times), Hampshire College pays zero.
Sorry, but that is unacceptable. If they simple paid what Amherst College does for about the same usage we could afford to hire an additional two desperately needed full-time professional fire fighters. And we would all be better for it.
Or they could always donate a tiny slice of their large land holdings in South Amherst for our new, equally badly needed, South Fire Station.
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