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Enough of this thinking that Bristol needs to be the 'hub' of mutual aid

To The Daily Sun,

Most people refer to the town of Bristol as the " hub" of the Newfound Lake region, I call it the bottomless pit of taxes.

The "hub" (Bristol) is sending out 1,950 property tax bills to support a $1,078,000 Police Department budget and that's before the town spends another $164,500 on warrant articles that pertain to the Police Department. In comparison, if you look at all of the towns that surround the "hub" that we have "mutual aid" with, Alexandria, Bridgewater, Danbury, Hebron, Hill and New Hampton combined, you will see that some 9,400 property tax bills are supporting $1,175,000 worth of police protection. Mutual aid to some means Bristol supplies the aid and all of our surrounding committees are mutually thankful that they are not spending $1,078,000 on their individual police departments.

Concerned taxpayers of Bristol vote "yes" on reducing the size of the Bristol PD on March 12 at the town meeting. A reduction in the the size of the department calculates into the reduction of space needs, to reduce the budget even more by killing the $67,000 purchase of property known as the "Smith lot" and in addition, killing the $52,000 architect design for a new Police Department building, add to it, the $45,000 cruiser we will not need. The savings goes on and on.

Why should the town of Bristol be spending over $1 million a year when just as an example, the town of New Hampton is providing adequate coverage, including a section of Interstate that runs through the middle of that town, with six officers and a chief at a cost of $621,000. Another example: Ashland sends out 1,750 tax bills to support a $568,000 police department budget for five full-time officers, including the chief.

Enough is enough of the thought process that Bristol needs to be the "hub" providing "mutual aid" to surrounding towns that do not see the need for 24/7 protection. Bristol is not an unsafe town to live in and it will not fall into Newfound Lake if we take this needed action.

By the way, Bristol's budget of $6.5 million is almost as much as all of these six before mentioned towns operating budgets looks like, combined.

If you're comfortable with the rubber-stamp committees $6,500,000 budget this year supported by 1,950 property tax bills then please disregard this letter.

Eric T. Rottenecker
Bristol

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In the end, it's about what the voters of Sanbornton want

To The Daily Sun,

By the time this letter is printed, the amendments for senior housing in Sanbornton will have already been decided. This letter, however, is to correct Mr. Whalen's statement that I had my "facts wrong again."

My info was correct! He notes that he was not noted as a member of the Planning Board in 2005. Preparing amendments for the ballot are done in the previous year. They are put together to be ready for the hearing or hearings that are required by the state statue. There is also a time frame required. So just as the current board prepared the amendments for this year in 2015 so they are on the 2016 ballot, the repeal amendment would have been prepared in 2004 and voted in March 2005.

Mr. Whalen says look in the 2005 Town Report. I say look in the 2004 report. He is listed in the front of the 2004 Town Report as chair of the board. In the board's report for 2004 it states, "In September, Chairman Purple resigned due to other commitments and William Whalen was elected chairman,...." so he was chair for the board in the period that the repeal amendment would have been being worked on.

He notes that I was one of the six members who resigned in 2004. My letter stated that. It said the six of "us" resigned. It was not and is not a secret nor am I ashamed of having done so at that time.

I must give Mr. Whalen credit for two things in his letter that are correct. I have been advocating for putting senior housing back on the books since 2005, and I called and told him so when he asked the question in one of his earlier letters. He is also correct that I should have noted that I am the current chair of the board, even though I did not represent the board in the previous letter nor am I in this one.

(We now know) whether the voters approved or disapproved. For it doesn't matter what Bill or I want, it is what do the voters want.

Evelyn Auger

Sanbornton

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