To The Daily Sun,
We wish to extend a sincere "thank you" to the Belknap County Delegation members who listened to the public taxpayers of the county in passing, recently by a super majority vote, the 2017 Belknap County budget. A budget process often is very challenging and a very important process of decision making where true leadership emerges. Our representatives stood tall to this test. Their plan will not raise your county taxes for the second year in a row.
Thank you Chairman Representative Herb Vadney and Vice Chairman Ray Howard for your strength, as well as, courage in leading the delegation to a successful and reasonable spending plan. Budget preparation involves many long volunteer hours for the delegation and each member should be acknowledged for his or her efforts in their contributions towards crafting the approved plan.
Being "good stewards" of the people's money is what you were elected to do and as residents and taxpayers we very much appreciate your willingness to keep your promise. Listening is defined as, "to hear something with thoughtful attention and to attend closely for the purpose of hearing." Listening is a difficult gift to acquire and practice. We all have room to grow in this area.
We hope as the county fiscal year goes forward that both Commissioners DeVoy and Taylor will take a needed pause and began to practice this art of listening going forward. With that being said, all the money being discussed belongs to the people and not to a couple folks in the corner office of the county complex. Our representatives have spoken clearly for the people.
The sky did not fall, the nursing home will not be closed, and the new Community Corrections Center can open this year on time, despite the scare tactics. They now have been given more managerial authority from the delegation to transfer funds within cost center to better manage the people's money. Begin today, gentlemen, by managing wisely.
The county taxpayers will be watching how this responsibility is exercised going forward. Please be mindful to manage these public dollars with careful stewardship. Government must be held accountable for its action and this accountability is no longer to be taken lightly. Information needs to be clear, accurate and truthful — period.
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