To The Daily Sun,
During the past dozen years, I have had the pleasure of knowing Mike Cryan's. Several times over those years, I have executed contracts with Mike in his role as Executive Director of Headrest in Lebanon. Through that process, I have found him to be knowledgeable, responsible and easily meeting or exceeding the contract deliverables. I have also served on committees with Mike and observed him as a Grafton County Commissioner.
I believe Mike Cryans is the right choice to serve us as Executive Councilor in District 1. While it will be difficult to fill the enormous shoes left by Ray Burton, Mike has the skills, experience and qualities necessary to serve to serve as Executive Councilor. I feel Mike demonstrates many of the key characteristics which Ray possessed – not a surprise since he worked side by side with him as Grafton County Commissioners for many years. Mike is approachable and easy to talk to. He enjoys all types of people and is very responsive. Perhaps most importantly, he is motivated by a desire to work collaboratively and find solutions to problems that impact on people and is not driven by any political agenda or ideology.
Please join me in voting for Mike Cryans for Executive Council on March 11, 2014!
Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 08:57
To The Daily Sun,
To quote James Carville, campaign manager for Bill Clinton 1992, "It's the economy, stupid".
Bristol's economic development has been focused narrowly on the downtown project, which I recently referred to at meet the candidate's as the "Field of Dreams" approach — "If you build it they will come."
As owner and operator of two seasonal businesses in Bristol, I understand some of the challenges that businesses' face. The foremost challenge is a rising municipal tax rate. This dramatically cuts into the profit margins of any seasonal business, rising tax rates are passed through in the form of higher tax obligation to owner-occupied establishments or higher rents if not.
A recent article in The Laconia Sun stated that even during the recession with increasing costs that have been pushed down by the state, we were able to keep the budget level. While doing this our tax rate was and still is in the bottom third in the state. I have heard that statement before about Bristol having a tax rate in the bottom third of the state, so I decided to go to the department of revenue and look up the numbers.
Yes, our overall tax rate is in the bottom third when you look at 250 communities in New Hampshire. That said, let's break down how we achieved the bottom third rating. Four tax rates make up that overall rating as measured by the department of revenue: school, state, county, and municipal. We have no control over two of the tax elements — county and state — and vote regionally on the school budget to establish our school tax rate.
Look at the data and you will quickly see that the school tax rate is low relative to other communities in the state and is the explanation for how we achieved the lower-third rating. When you look at the town tax rate which is the office were all seeking, then you will see that were actually in the 77th percentile of most expensive towns in the state.
Bristol School 86 of 256 - 33.6 percent in the state; Bristol Town 199 of 256 - 76.6 percent in the state; Bristol overall 101 of 256 - 39.5 percent in the state.
Candidate for Selectman
Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 08:51
To The Daily Sun,
Selectmen are elected to run the town according to the wishes of the people.
When the selectmen in Gilmanton attempted to control the Fire Department they were going against the wishes of the people. After much discussion it was clear that the people had to speak by placing a warrant article on the ballot to be sure their wishes were known.
Still, the selectmen were not listening and found it necessary to write letters to the newspapers and post signs trying to explain themselves and asking for support from the voters. It's simple — the voters don't support the selectmen. The selectmen are supposed to support and do the will of the voters. The selectmen have it backwards.
Gilmanton Iron Works
Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 08:36
To The Daily Sun,
To Gilmanton voters:
There was confusion with a handout at the deliberative session. This is a clarification.
Warrant Articles 8,9,10,12,13,17,24,26,28,29 will have to be raised by taxes. Warrant Articles 11,14,15,16,22,25 are to paid from capital reserve accounts. They will not impact your taxes. We have already saved for these articles.
Article 18, fire engine, is looking for the town to accept a grant. Should we be awarded this grant it will not impact your taxes. Where as we do not know yet about the grant, we have the following article: Article 19, fire engine lease. The fire truck in service is scheduled for replacement. It has seen 20 years of service and the Board of Selectmen and the Budget Committee support replacing it. The town will use capital reserves for a down payment. This allows the truck to be built and a delivery date at the end of 2014 or early 2015. The tax impact for this piece of equipment will happen next year.
Sample ballots are posted at the Academy.
Selectman Don Guarino
Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 08:32
To The Daily Sun,
Joe Kenney is running for Executive Council for District 1, which covers 108 towns and cities. It is a huge responsibility and one that will get immediate attention from Joe's expertise and strong experience, as a selectman in Wakefield, a Senator and a Representative in the House, inclusive of 14 years of dedicated service to our Live Free State of New Hampshire.
I just never heard any real accomplishments from Michael Cryans in the news. All I hear is Ray Burton's name associated with Mr. Cryans. It seems to me Joe's opponent is not running for himself, but as an attachment to Mr. Burton's esteemed name and not his own resume.
I realize both candidates worked with Mr. Burton, but recently I discovered a personal act by Joe Kenney. Joe purchased a very warm hat for Ray and while Joe was in Afghanistan on his third tour of duty. He received a letter from Ray with a picture of Ray wearing the special gift given to him by Joe. This act of kindness while Joe was in a battle for our country is very telling about this warm relationship and comradeship between two devoted friends.
Commissioner Michael Cryans , a Grafton County Commissioner in District 1 for many years, refused to recuse himself from voting on a county appropriations line item to give Headrest Inc. $143,280, a company paying him a salary as executive director. He was asked not once, but twice to recuse himself. A fellow commissioner who worked very closely with Mr. Cryans for two years was Omer Ahern from Plymouth, and according to documents, Michael Cryans voted himself these taxpayer funds. He was asked twice by Mr. Ahern to recuse himself and each year refused. In my opinion, Mr. Cryans places himself before the taxpayers and should not be elected to the Executive Council. Vote for Joe Kenney on March 11.
Everett & Nancy Duren
Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 08:24