To The Daily Sun,
I am urging the voters of Belmont to cast their vote for selectman for Brian Watterson. He has been a resident of Belmont for approximately 20 years, except for a short diversion to Gilford. As I recall, I first met Brian as a member of the Belmont Conservation Commission. He has not only served as a member and chairman of the Conservation Commission, but also served one term as selectman before choosing to leave to devote more time to his family and business.
Other community service has been as president of Belmont Historical Society and as a member of the Belmont Senior Center Advisory Board. He was also recently appointed to the Belmont Heritage Commission.
Brian, until recently, operated his own insurance business, Shaker Insurance, and now has, as a semiretired venture started a new business selling hot dogs to hungry residents and passersby.
From personal observation, Brian is a person who thoughtfully weighs both the pros and cons of an issue before coming to a position. This should be appreciated by taxpayers. The town of Belmont raises approximately $16 million annually through taxes and fees, which makes it by far the biggest business in town. Of this amount, around two-thirds is spent by Shaker Regional School District, and one-third by the town of Belmont. A 1 or 2 percent change in town expenditures represents the total tax bill of several residents. I am sure that Brian will keep this in mind when casting his vote as a selectman.
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