To The Daily Sun,
In past letters, I have presented in some detail my belief that we should proceed in a deliberative and thoughtful way to resolve the jail issue. We should compare the alternatives and get to the best solution we can afford.
Among the other things I'd like to accomplish to help save taxpayers money and continue the process of improving the efficiency of government, I'd like to propose the establishment of a countywide strategic planning group. While he was mayor of Laconia, Mike Seymour began a series of conversations with the other towns in Belknap County about sharing resources. He was hoping that we'd be able to use and share our resources to reduce duplication and gain the efficiencies of scale that result from such collaboration. The county commissioners also began a series of County Conversations during which they traveled to the various towns to talk to and hear from the governing entities there.
I'd like to combine these efforts, and Mike has agreed to continue working with me, if I'm elected. In addition, I'd like to add strategic capital asset planning to the conversation. If towns can be more aware of each other's building plans, we can better distribute the tax effect in a balanced and predictable way.
Candidate for Belknap County Commission
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