To The Daily Sun,
The Sanbornton selectmen, in their attempt to deny the right of voters to petition for a special Town Meeting, cited the cost of $5,000. This, at best, is a disingenuous statement. When asked, one experienced municipal attorney simply stated the alleged cost is "outrageous".
In the past, the town has conducted several special town meetings. One, in which I was the lead petitioner, was to change voting hours; another was convened by selectmen in 2008 and the current chairman was on the boat at that time; another, a budget committee member. Never was the issue of cost or concern raised. Based on previous experiences, the cost of a special town meeting is several hundred dollars, not $5,000 — nor can selectmen use this as a reason to deny citizens of our community the right to vote.
Hopefully, the selectmen have learned that thee is a higher authority in town — Town Meeting.
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