To The Daily Sun,
Sanbornton has the second-highest town tax rate in Belknap County. Dave Nickerson has been a selectman for nine years. Are these two facts related? Only if you realize that without Dave our town's taxes would even be much higher. Selectman Nickerson only has one vote, and can't change anything by himself. His has been the lone voice crying in the wilderness trying to keep municipal spending down.
For example, when asked to vote on Warrant Article 3 to add two full-time firemen at a cost to taxpayers of $135,200, Dave voted "No" because Sanbornton cannot afford the expense without a large tax increase. He was outvoted 2 to 1.
I marvel how Dave has been willing to stay the course and sound the alarm when few were listening. Those with less intestinal fortitude would have given up long ago. But his efforts are finally paying off and those who have been listening to other voices are starting to realize how right Dave has been. He is beginning to get the community support he needs to accomplish his objectives.
Those of us who follow local politics know Dave has the experience and wherewithal to get things done. Sanbornton is on the cusp of finally getting our "spending" house in order, largely because of Dave's leadership. Now that he is getting the community support he needs he deserves to be returned to office to see the fruits of his labor. He certainly has my vote.
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