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Dave Nix (2-24) 482 GALE SCHOOL

To The Daily Sun,

Here we go again. The people and politicians in my town of Belmont love spending money, like a teenager receiving a first paycheck from a first job, except the money is not theirs.

In 2009, all of 277 out of roughly 4,000 registered voters turned out to vote down the purchase of the old Northway Bank Building (154 Main Street) by just nine votes. The politicians in the town didn't except this and in August of 2012 held an "special" deliberative session and vote to sneak through the back door and get a vote to purchase the property. Again, only 320 out of roughly 4,000 registered voters showed up and this time the town got a whopping eight vote advantage for the purchase of a building they had no plans for. In fact to do anything with the building at all they would have to raise taxes on the town citizens.

Now we are facing a similar vote regarding the OLD Gale School building. The articles that we are being asked to vote on are requested by an extremely small group of people who find some kind of sentimental attachment to an old building. In order to save their precious building they are asking us to raise our taxes at a time when economic circumstances dictates that everyone should be tightening their belts. Yet the question of the need for the building in any capacity never arises. If there is a need wouldn't a new building be more economic in the long run? Maybe the answer to that question can be found in studying the current debacle of the old Belmont Mill building.
Now we are being presented with three warrant articles for "choices" of what to do with the school, as if these are the only three things you can choose. Any one of these warrant articles, if voted in, will result in an increase in taxes at some point. Belmont already has a tax rate that puts us number 42 out of 258 listed towns, yet our mean income puts us at 120 down the list of towns. This is already a gross mismatch of tax rate to mean household income, and these people are asking us for more? I would say that this is a textbook example of economic irresponsibility. The fact they are not telling you is that you have another choice at this time ... that is to do nothing by voting all of the articles down. Then maybe time can be taken to search out other actions for the building that would not require further increase of an already outrageous tax rate. Something like selling the building to a contractor who wants to use the aged wood in new construction, or to the people who want to preserve it (and have them use their own funding, not the towns). I'm sure there are plenty of opportunities that can be found.
Dave Nix, Belmont

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Please vote for me, Dave Nickerson, for Sanbornton selectman

To The Daily Sun,

My name is David Nickerson, I am asking for your vote for re-election for selectman in Sanbornton on March 8. I have served on the Budget Committee for three years and on the Board of Selectmen for nine.

Most people do not realize that nearly each and every week new and fresh ideas are presented to the Board by the Selectmen, committees, employees, and others. These ideas are discussed, studied, voted on, and if viable, implemented with input from all involved.

Current projects include but are not limited to working on the Lower Bay Road reconstruction, engineering for the needs and space study of the town buildings, economic development, the transfer station, water system, and an up-to-date employee pay scale. The board relies on the department heads, committees, employees, and citizens to help deal with these sometimes complex issues. We have an open door policy at our meetings that allows for and welcomes participation from citizens and employees. Everyone's ideas are important, communication is essential.

The current Board of Selectmen has longevity which is a good thing for the town. We have fostered close relationships with the state of New Hampshire, Department of Transportation, Department of Environmental Services, and other agencies who help us with roads, drainage, and other issues. Your selectmen have a wide range of skills including management, budgeting, and expert knowledge of DPW operations. We have attended many seminars and classes on 91A laws, human resources, and RSAs concerning town government.

I am not out of ideas. I am a fiscal conservative, but realize that the town needs have to be met and we cannot go backward. A major concern for me is the ability of all the citizens to pay their taxes.

You are my "boss." I welcome all input and will work as hard as I can for you if re-elected. I love our town and hope to continue to serve you.

Dave Nickerson


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