To The Daily Sun,
For the past several years, I have been honored to serve as selectman for the town of Bristol. It was a hard decision to not run again as I believe we have done good work and accomplished many good things in this town. However, personal and professional responsibilities will not allow me to give the job the time and attention it deserves.
I refuse to go negative as several potential candidates and their supporters have recently. I will simply ask for your consideration for several able and competent residents seeking to serve the town. The recently held candidates forum is available to view on the town website. It clearly shows which candidates are voices for responsible, positive governance and which are all about negativity and gutting public services.
For Select Board, please consider Rick Alpers and Don Milbrand. For Budget Committee, I ask you to please support Janet Cavanagh, Walter Waring and Joseph Caristi.
Regarding those services and the tax rates associated with them, one of the main talking points of "the other side" is that spending and taxes are out of control in Bristol. To address this I offer my own experience in town. Ours is a good case study because we have done nothing to the property except common maintenance and some slight landscaping improvements. When Patty and I bought our house 19 years ago, we paid $2,500 in property tax. This year we will pay approximately $3,400. That is a 2 percent annual increase over nearly two decades of various select boards while accomplishing many positive projects in town. That hardly seems like out-of-control spending, especially when you consider that the tax rate is made up of four components including state and local education funding and county taxes.
I look forward to seeing everybody at town voting this coming Tuesday. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Old Town Hall. Town meeting will be held at the high school on March 18 at 9 a.m.
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