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Vote ‘yes’ on Sanbornton scrap metal

To The Daily Sun,

During the Sanbornton Town Meeting on March 9, voters will decide on Article 12 which states: "To see if the town will vote to establish a fee on items removed from the town's metal pile located at the Transfer Station. Fees on metals being removed shall be reimbursed to the town prior to removal from the Transfer Station. Fees are to be established by weight and current scrap metal market value as established from time to time by the Board of Selectmen and deposited in the town's General Fund. Such fees are established to insure equity among all town residents."

Some background is in order to explain the proposed article. The town derives revenue from both property taxes and fees, such as Transfer Station fees for disposal of waste. The town also generates revenue from the recycling activities of the town and the sale of scrap metal from the town's metal pile.

The special Town Meeting of Dec. 18 was called to see if the town would reopen the swap shop at the Transfer Station. During the proceedings, a motion was made and passed to reopen the metal pile. During the time the metal pile was closed late last year, the revenue to the town from scrap metal sales increased significantly. Items deposited to the Transfer Station's metal pile are owned by the town.

Currently the town has assigned a zero value to these items, which would otherwise generate revenue to the town. Furthermore, because there is no assigned value to the metal, the town cannot stop an individual from picking through the metal pile and taking these amounts to a scrap metal operation for individual gain. This change would deter picking for individual gain and place all town residents (pickers and non-pickers alike) on equal financial footing. Surely items removed for personal use are of greater value to the individual than the mere scrap metal value so this article preserves the metal pile's benefit to the town residents.

If Article 12 passes your property taxes will be lower. This article preserves the long-standing tradition of the swap shop and metal pile and directs the deserved revenue of the scrap metal to the town for the benefit of all residents.

Ralph Rathjen
Sanbornton

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Please write-in Megan Farkas for San’ton Trustee of Trust Funds

To The Daily Sun,

Our small town of Sanbornton will vote for citizens to fill town offices on Tuesday, March 8, at the Old Town Hall on Meetinghouse Hill. Sanborntonians, if you have not yet registered, bring your identification and you can register to vote then and there. Equally important, please come to the Town Meeting, an exercise in true democracy, at the Sanbornton Elementary School, Meetinghouse Hill, on Wednesday evening, March 9.

Now, the reason for this letter: When you do pick up your ballot, you will notice that there is no candidate named for the opening on the Sanbornton Board of Trustees of the Trust Funds. The current trustees ask you to write in the name of Megan Farkas in the first open slot. She has agreed to be a candidate.

Also, you will notice that there is a second open slot on the ballot. Please ignore the second slot as it was included erroneously. There is no second opening for a trustee on the Board of Trustees of the Trust Funds.

See you at the polls and at the Town Meeting.

Gail Morrison, Chair

Trustees of the Trust Funds

Sanbornton

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