To The Daily Sun,
Over the last 10 years (2004-13) Sanbornton's average residence tax bill (including town, county, and school taxes) has increased 46 percent, but the town's portion of the bill has increased 100 percent. In other words, Sanbornton is taking an ever larger portion of a resident's total tax bill. This situation exists because town expenses have increased at a much faster rate than town growth which has been less than 1 percent per year over this same 10-year period. This situation, if allowed to continue, is unsustainable.
I am running for re-election to the Budget Committee in an effort to help stem the tide of ever increasing costs and rising taxes. My tenure on the Budget Committee coupled with the knowledge gained over 30 years as president of my own industrial distribution company has given me the necessary know-how to deal with the challenge of maintaining essential municipal services while at the same time looking for inventive ways to reduce costs.
Dedication to solving Sanbornton's rising costs problem by itself is not enough. It is also essential to be able to work constructively with town administrators and department heads who may have very different ideas as to what is necessary. The cordial rapport I enjoy with the Board of Selectmen as well as an excellent working relationship with fellow Budget Committee members demonstrates I have this ability.
If you believe, as I do, that rising taxes in Sanbornton are a serious problem in need of a solution, then I ask for your support and vote May 13.