To The Daily Sun,
It's Town Meeting time in Sanbornton and in my view as a taxpayer, the fire chief is trying to expand the Fire Department larger than a small town can afford. There are two warrant articles that will be voted on this year one is to add two full-time employees to the Fire Department. We presently have volunteers and per-diem staff to manage the services, which in my view seems to work well, and the cost increase with hiring two employees with benefits is a substantial cost increase, not to mention after putting employees in place his next request will be for sleeping quarters, which will increase the cost of insurance to the town and bring all its own problems to be dealt with (and paid for).
The other warrant article is to purchase a second ambulance. Aside from the cost of the vehicle there is stocking it and staffing it, not to mention housing it. I am not certain we even have the space in the station to park it which of course means an addition will have to be built to house it. For the runs we have to give up to other towns in mutual aid does not justify the cost.
For those of you who cry out, "if it saves one life," in my mind that is Megabucks mentality. If you buy one Megabucks ticket you stand a chance to win. However, if you buy two, three or 10, do you stand a better chance to win? Maybe, but the odds are still against you. With two ambulances and two full-time personnel, the fire the station is still the same distance from your home, and now if the New Hampton or Franklin or Laconia or Tilton is closer and available you will have to wait for the Sanbornton ambulance even though it may take more time to get to you.
I realize these requests pull on your heartstrings. But remember, you have be able to pay your taxes and afford to live in your home, if we are not careful we find ourselves in a well-staffed town with taxes beyond our means.
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