To The Daily Sun,
I was unable to attend the deliberative session on Feb. 6 in Alton. I am writing this letter to voice my support for the existing Town Planner and Town Assessor positions.
Article 43 calls for the elimination of the position of the town planner and Article 44, to eliminate the position of the town assessor. Please vote down these articles.
As it was discovered at the deliberative session, the estimated costs of contracting out both of these positions are much higher than what either one of these individuals are currently receiving in salary and benefits. If contracted out, who will oversee these services? Will they be distracted from their current job, potentially contributing to a larger problem of ineffective management?
Beyond the money issue, we need people in these positions who are familiar with our town and are available to our citizens on a full-time basis. I am a small-business owner who has dealt with both the Planning Department and the Assessing Department. We need to maintain these professionals on a local level. This move will not save us money, and will cost us in timely, committed service. Vote "no" on Articles 43 and 44.