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It’s time to end the charade of SB-2 in Gilmanton

To The Daily Sun,

Fellow citizens of Gilmanton, okay, so we tried the not-so-grand experiment that is SB-2. As many of us predicted, we were sold a bill of goods about this deeply flawed process. We were told that it would increase participation in town government, lead to a more informed citizenry, and increase voter turnout. One out of three is not good.

What it has done is increase uninformed voting in Gilmanton. Articles that should have passed easily if voters had understood them were defeated. Participation at the deliberative session has been abysmal, and that's being gentle about it; 80 people the first year, 40 or so the second, and 113 (less than 5 percent of the eligible voters) the third year.

School District participation is even worse; 25 people this year. (That's) pathetic.

Some supported SB-2 by saying that the robust, healthy debates at Town Meeting were becoming "dangerous." Nonsense! There is not one citizen in Gilmanton who should be afraid to have a good, old-fashioned, honest debate of issues with their neighbors, and then vote on those issues while they are still fresh in our minds. The six-week wait for the vote does nothing but dull the mind about what was discussed at deliberative session.

Please join me and your neighbors and vote to return to town meeting and end the charade of SB-2.

Dick de Seve
Gilmanton

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M’boro Community Center should be seen as solid investment

To The Daily Sun,

The Moultonborough Community Center, as proposed on the 2016 town warrant, is a solid investment for the future of a strong, healthy community. The conceptual design provides a multipurpose facility that will accommodate a broad spectrum of recreational and social services to all age groups and populations within our town. The benefits derived will include fitness, health, nutrition, emotional well-being and social interaction.

We have been studying, planning and debating this issue for decades dating back to the early 1980s when the Town Building Committee first slated an indoor recreation facility as a top capital priority.

Financially, each of us can make our own determination of what is affordable. For two years, our tax rate will increase by less than 30 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation. A $300,000 home will invest less than $90 per year for this project. In 2019, the current school bond will be retired. The net effect of the community center bond then will be a 1-cent increase over our present tax rate for one year and then a net zero increase for the remaining seven years.

Look at your personal budgets for recreation, vacation, second home, and charitable giving. See if you, too, can support this capital improvement for our town.

Please consider my view that this expenditure is an investment in our community, an opportunity to ensure that we provide services for all age groups on a year-round basis and build a community that is balanced in its demographics.

Tom Howard

Moultonborough

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