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I'm not running for selectman because someone told me to

To The Daily Sun,

My name is Paul Manganiello and I am looking for the support of Bristol voters as I run for the Bristol Selectboard. I have been a homeowner in Bristol for more than 30 years and 20 years ago my family decided to move here permanently.

I am a Vietnam veteran who served as a sergeant with the Marine Corps from 1967 to 1971, a retired General Electric Company program manager responsible for assuring operational readiness in hundreds of aircraft in several countries around the world. I own and operate Basic Ingredients Bakery and Gift Shop at 1777 Lake St. I was elected to the Budget Committee in 2012, currently serving as vice chair. My voting record the past three years has consistently maintained the platform of fiscal pragmatism, diligence and transparency, that the voters elected me on to advocate on their behalf.

During my run for selectman last year, I was able to gather the support of hundreds of Bristol voters and was only three votes short of becoming your selectman. I appreciate your support from last year's election and I am asking for it again.

For those who know me, you have probably noticed I don't take my fiduciary duties to the residents of Bristol lightly. For the past three years, I have been lucky enough to serve the Town of Bristol on the Budget Committee. If you have not been to a Budget Committee meeting, I can usually be seen hunched over a few spreadsheets and RSAs making sure the voters understand how every penny of their tax dollars is spent.

Although I am proud of my service on the Budget Committee, I feel I can best serve the Town of Bristol on the Selectboard. I am not running for selectman because somebody told me to run, I am running because I care about the residents, business owners, and taxpayers who share their concerns with me. This is the reason I ran last year and this is the reason I will continue to seek this office.

Like many of you voters, I have made the decision to retire in this place we call home. My run for selectman is to serve the people of Bristol with the diligence and fiscal oversight only a selectman can provide. As your selectman candidate, I am asking for your support.

Paul Manganiello


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61% of Sanbornton residents surveyed said taxes are too high

To The Daily Sun,

Four members of the Sanbornton Budget Committee were interested in determining how town residents viewed town services and taxes, so we decided to fund, with our own money, a survey to determine resident opinions. It was also hoped that the survey would spark a town debate about upcoming warrant articles and possibility lead to higher participation at the March 11 Town Meeting.

The committee mailed 1,311 questionnaires. To date 228 residents returned the survey, a 17 percent response rate. An abbreviated version of the survey results is presented below. Not everyone answered every question, and some marked a question with more than one response. To compensate, resident responses are presented as a percentage based on the actual number of answers to each question.

In summary, 61 percent of town residents thought property taxes were too high. Town services were about right according to 51 percent. Forty-two percent thought the Highway Department should be favored if taxes were to remain the same. If services were to be cut 31 percent wanted recreation to take the reduction. Fifty percent thought the town has the right number of employees, and 72 percent said user fees should not be increased to boost town revenue.

The entire survey, complete with all the responses to each question, has been posted on the Concerned Citizens for Sanbornton Facebook page. "Like us" on Facebook to receive updates as more responses come in.

The above comments are not necessarily endorsed by every member of the Sanbornton Budget Committee.

Roger Grey


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