To The Daily Sun,
Belknap County Commissioner Dick Burchell wrote a letter to the editor on Aug. 4. He accused me of spreading "gossip" and "idle speculation" during my public comments, at the most recent meeting of the Belknap County Board of Commissioners.
At that meeting, I said that it is unfortunate that Representatives George Hurt, of Gilford, and Ray Howard, of Alton, are spreading rumors to scare voters by saying Hunter Taylor wants a county sales tax. Both are supporters of the Burchell/Smolin alliance. The goal of this alliance is to smear Commissioner Taylor, prior to the September primary. Their actions were confirmed by two current state representatives and one former state rep.
By New Hampshire statute, county commissioners cannot create new taxes or increase taxes. They are trying to trick the taxpayers into believing that county commissioners have the authority to increase taxes. Only the county delegation, made up of state representatives, has that authority.
The alliance was solidified when Mr. Burchell and Mr. Smolin met at a Gilford restaurant with their smear team of Hurt and Howard to discuss advertising for the upcoming elections. Four other individuals were present at the meeting. The presence of the four others does not imply they approve of the ongoing smear campaign directed against Commissioner Taylor.
Use of untruths and fabrications have been a part of Mr. Burchell's strategy in the past, to advance his own agenda.
When Commissioner Taylor and I decided to remove him as chairman of the Belknap County Board of Commissioners, Mr. Burchell announced that the Secretary of State's office, through David Scanlan, had communicated to him that such a vote would be illegal. At the meeting, when it became clear that we were going to make the motion and vote on his removal, he began to constantly bang the gavel and shout that we were out of order. Mr. Burchell tried to stop the vote by directing a deputy sheriff to clear the room. The deputy sheriff refused, as he had witnessed no disorder. Following the meeting, New Hampshire 1 News interviewed Mr. Scanlan. He made it clear that the representation made by Mr. Burchell about the position of the office of the Secretary of State concerning the illegality of the vote was untrue. In other words, Mr. Burchell used deceit to advance his cause.
(To view this meeting and Mr. Burchell's conduct, Google March 3, 2015 meeting Belknap County Board of Commissioners New Hampshire 1 News "You're out of order." The site contains two videos, one is the highlights of the meeting and the Scanlan interview and the other video is the full meeting.)
My comments, made during the meeting, were not idle speculation or gossip.
David DeVoy, Chairman
Belknap County Board of Commissioners
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