To The Daily Sun,
I'm writing to encourage all Gilford taxpayers to vote "No" on Article 8, a citizens' petition warrant article that would allow the Gilford Budget Committee to create the School District default budget.
There are three main reasons why this is not a good idea for Gilford.
First, the Budget Committee is not the official governing body for the School District budget, and they will not have the information or expertise to create the default budget appropriately. Their job is to oversee budgets in the best interest of the town — this doesn't mean creating the budgets themselves.
Second, the School Board has successfully developed the default budget without fault for as long as I can remember, so if this system isn't broken, why fix it?
Third — and this is the most important factor — in any financial system, a "checks and balances" approach is always the best way to make sure taxpayer money is being handled appropriately. By putting the default budget under the control of the Budget Committee, the town would lose its ability to have real, objective oversight of its finances, which is dangerous for any organization seeking to be responsible for its funds.
Please vote "No" on Article 8 on the School District ballot. Keep the current system of accounting and accountability in place.
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