Published DateTo the editor,
To the residents of Sanbornton:
My name is Dave Nickerson. I have served you for the last nine years, three years as a Budget Committee member and six years as selectman.
It's been a pleasure to serve with fellow selectmen and work with some great department heads and town administrators. I've been able to create a good working relationship with state DOT and DES personnel as I am retired and have had the time to attend meetings with them.
It's always been my philosophy to try to give back to the town that I live in. Sanbornton is a very unique town and as many residents will tell you, I've been to their homes to listen and discuss issues that they have. I've sat in their kitchen and had coffee and cookies with them and brought their concerns back to the Selectboard. My phone number has always been available anytime day or night and I'll always tell you the truth and not say what I think you want me to say.
Working with my fellow selectmen, the Budget Committee and department heads has kept the town portion of the tax rate as low as possible. Drawing on 15 years of experience on the Merrimack Valley School Board I reached out to school board members and the Winnisquam School District Budget Committee to try to make them understand that the town is being overwhelmed by school tax increases. I spent a short time on the school budget committee.
Keeping the rural beauty, the scenic roads and historical connection of our town is very important to me. Sanbornton is so very special; my wife and I can travel our dirt roads with a horse and cart and feel the beauty and nature that attracted us and others, such a disappearing treasure in our fast moving world.
On the tax issue; the voters ultimately decide what their tax rate is going to be. The selectmen and Budget Committee can only present to the voters what we think is needed to run the town. ONLY the folks who go to the school district and town meetings decide the tax rate. There are many issues that the selectmen are working on right including roads, policies and fair and equitable pay scales; I would like to continue working with our other two selectmen and bring my knowledge to the table.
If elected I will continue to be honest, courteous, truthful and available.
Please vote on May 14th; please attend town meeting on May 15th.