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We're long overdue for a true Belmont vision and direction effort

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To The Daily Sun,

Belmont has seen a few changes since I was elected selectman in 2004. One that stands out is a selectman's salary: increased from $3,500 to $5,000 annually. Meanwhile, residents depending on Social Security have had six years with under 3 percent cost of living adjustment, and three years with 0 percent since 2004.

If voters return me, I will only accept the 2004 salary, and again participate fully as a representative, regularly attending committee, commission and other meetings with local and regional benefit.

As a resident and business owner for more than 30 years, it would be a privilege to serve Belmont at this critical juncture. The town's 2002 Master Plan is based on census data almost 20 years old, and like the Capital Improvements Plan, lacks priorities. Major rezoning for the right kind of development in the right space, hasn't happened since 1986.

We're overdue for a true Belmont vision and direction, determined with citizen involvement, and 20:20 clarity by 2019. Let's sharpen our pencils, do the real math, and start with increased voter participation at Belmont High School, March 14 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Brian Watterson