To The Daily Sun,
Article 12 on Moultonborough's 2018 Warrant asks for $250,000 (That is one-quarter of a MILLION dollars) to determine the use of the town-owned former Taylor property at 970 Whittier Highway.
If you look at the Selectboard's goals, which I found on the town's website, Goal #1, bullet point three: "Look at possible construction phasing of a new community center in village." The selectmen now say they want to study and get community input to see what the community wants and THEY will decide what is best.
Article 12 is a strategy to get $250,000 and future blank check for a multimillion-dollar community center based on voodoo facts. Vote NO!
The selectmen want a new community center, as it was one of their 2017 goals. It is pretty obvious, also in the selectmen's statement in 2017 report for Town Meeting. This new strategy was rubber stamped by the Budget Committee and CIPC using an old justification that didn't fly TWICE! Chairman Shipp has said numerous times that when a fire chief asks for a new fire truck and it is defeated he will ask for the truck again the next year. Well, here he is again.
What the Selectboard forgets is that the community has spoken. The latest in 2016 Article 2 asked for $6.5 million to build a community/gym and was defeated by a wide margin. YES 220 - NO 348. We have already had many studies and surveys. Enough. The question has been settled. Chairman Shipp has insulted the voters saying on video several times, "The wrong people showed up to vote."
Sounds quite scary to hand the reins and blank check over to politicians with an agenda.
Please come to Town Meeting on March 17 and vote NO on Article 12.
Support Article 21 instead and bring the power back to the voters.
- Written by Edward Engler
- Category: Letters
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