To The Daily Sun,
Over the last two years, Belknap residents have witnessed the vile and vicious attacks that the beneficiaries of ever increasing government spending launch if they don't get their way. We have seen the poisonous atmosphere they create for politicians who simply try to balance all the interests of their constituents.
The Belknap County Delegation/Convention responsibly approved a budget meeting the county's needs and balancing all stakeholders' interests. The county commissioners refused to follow the approved budget and procedures, and they moved many thousands of dollars among line items so they could spend as they wanted. (Because they showed they could not be trusted, the delegation limited the commissioners' ability to move money among line items, without approval, to $300.)
With a court decision identifying the commissioners' illegal actions, everyone acknowledges a budget problem. The beneficiaries of the overspending howl at the thought of reimbursing the county for their overpayments to resolve the budget problem. Apparently they don't care if others suffer, e.g., from increased taxes or cuts in county services (e.g., nursing home, jail, sheriff, etc.) or even jobs.
No one wants the employees to incur a large reimbursement expense at holiday time, and everyone hopes that can be avoided. But, if any parties must suffer, it should be the commissioners and those who benefited from, and encouraged, the improper spending.
Over the last two years we watched as the beneficiaries of government spending tried to bully the Belknap County Delegation into approving debt for a $42-million jail with its huge operational cost increases and budgets that require large tax increases. The bullying continued with a loud and vicious campaign of name-calling and slander as they maliciously tried to bully the delegation into rubber-stamping the commissioners' illegal spending.
Nevertheless, the Republican-led delegation has held firm to the lawful budget that provides the needed county services without large tax increases and new debt. And, despite the heated false charges, they are working responsibly to minimize the impact of the commissioners' illegal actions.
Unless Belknap County citizens elect commissioners who will follow the law and a delegation that balances all the needs of all Belknap County stakeholders, out of control spending will resume, a huge debt will be incurred for a poorly planned jail, and taxes will skyrocket.
To avoid out-of-control spending and an enormous debt, Belknap County needs Republicans in control of the delegation and trustworthy county commissioners. This requires voting for Republican State Representatives (in Gilford/Meredith: Herb Vadney, George Hurt, Russ Dumais, and Glen Aldrich) and Republican County Commissioners: Dave DeVoy and Dick Burchell.