To The Daily Sun,
Sanbornton's Petition Warrant Article 12 would discontinue the "Emergency Medical Services Fire and Rescue Apparatus Equipment and Vehicle Special Revenue Fund," established at town meeting in March 11, 1999.
In simple terms the net revenue generated by the town's ambulance for actual transports is deposited to this fund. Over the 18 years this fund has been in place it has generated $961,129 in revenue to the town of which $687,029 has been used to offset taxes for the purchase of large capital expenses, including three ambulances, the command car, emergency medical equipment and personnel protective clothing for the fire and EMS personnel.
This mechanism has served the town well and though amended twice to expand the purpose of the fund, the fund's existence has never been challenged until this year.
Eliminating this fund would introduce tremendous volatility to the tax rate. The past purchases of $687,029 of equipment did not increase the tax rate, but instead helped to keep the town's taxj rate stable while at the same time providing much needed equipment in a very transparent manner. Raiding this fund to provide a one-off refund to the taxpayers will only result in large spikes in the tax rate at the time equipment must be purchased.
This article was initiated by Roger Grey, who is trying to be re-elected to the Budget Committee, and also supported by former Selectman Dave Nickerson, who is trying to regain the seat he lost in last year's election. While these candidates tout they are fiscally responsible, their support of Article 12 is anything but responsible.
We ask you to keep what has served Sanbornton well for nearly 20 years and vote "No" to Article 12 at Town Meeting on March 15.
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