To The Daily Sun,
My name is Dave Nickerson. I am running for selectman in Sanbornton.
Previously I enjoyed three years on the Budget Committee and nine years as your selectman. I feel that it is imperative to be transparent, fiscally balanced, and responsible to our taxpayers with our policies and answering all questions.
In a Sanbornton Budget Committee survey, 63 percent of those responding felt that their property taxes were too high and that infrastructure (roads and highways) was the most important issue.
Rather than spending $50,000 on a road inventory, as the current selectmen want to do, I think that the money would be better spent going toward working on the roads and hiring two full-time DPW employees. I also feel that the cost of the requested second ambulance ($260,000) and two full-time firefighters ($140,000?) would be better spent to offset the cost of hiring the two full-time DPW employees which would free up the DPW director to do a road inventory and other duties that a manager in charge of a million-dollar budget could be doing. Our roads need ditching, gravel, in some cases complete rebuilding, and we have an unsafe bridge on Hermit Woods Road. The Highway Department needs more help.
Our fire chief's rationale of making more revenue with a second ambulance, in my opinion, is the wrong thought process. We shouldn't be making money on the backs of the taxpayers who have already paid a great deal for the ambulance. We pay $30,000 a year to belong to Mutual Aid. If the scenario arises when we need a second ambulance we have one from them. It's not to say that in the future when the town grows to a certain point we wouldn't need another ambulance, but I feel that we are not there now. We have an excellent Fire Department as it is for the size of our town.
Please support me for selectman. If elected, I will respect the wishes of the taxpayers. My phone is always on and I'll listen to any questions or concerns.
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