To The Daily Sun,
The Budget Committee serves as the eyes and ears of the Gilford taxpayers, questioning in detail every proposed expenditure of Gilford tax monies, and seeking cuts or providing for expenditures where appropriate. No one, including me, "likes" to pay taxes, but they are, unfortunately, a necessary evil.
I respectfully ask for your vote for a full term on the Gilford Budget Committee at the Town's Elections on March 10.
It has been my privilege to serve as a member of the Budget Committee since last May when I was appointed by a vote of the other members of the committee to complete the unexpired term of "Rags" Grenier, who became a selectman. I promised them at the time of my interview that I would run for a full term if I was appointed.
My main interests as a citizen and taxpayer in Gilford are: (1) our first responders (the Police and Fire Departments), (2) our roads and other infrastructure (the Public Works Department), and (3) our schools.
Our first responders in the Police and Fire Departments have difficult jobs, and often they are under-appreciated until you have the unfortunate necessity of having to call 9-1-1 for help. This winter has demonstrated once again some of the tough jobs faced by our Department of Public Works. I received a great education in the public schools from which I graduated and the Gilford Public Schools have an enviable reputation that must be preserved.
There is never enough money in the budget to do everything that everyone wants done (consider, for example, everyone's desire to have their streets repaved). But at the end of the day, we in Gilford are fortunate in having the final say by voting on what our town's budget will be and, thus, what our own taxes will be.
It is a very difficult task to balance the desire to keep our taxes as low as possible with the expenditures required to keep our town's various departments and schools providing services in an effective and efficient manner.
I believe that I have served the taxpayers of Gilford well on the Budget Committee this past year,, and I ask for your vote on March 10 to allow me to continue to serve you.
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