To The Daily Sun,
After the great Nor'easter municipal elections of 2017, Mr. Alpers was re-elected as selectman in Bristol. Once again, the theme of "Laissez les bons temps rouler" (let the good times roll) again rules in Bristol.
Last year the selectmen voted to grant a substantial pay raise to town employees without putting it in the budget or bringing it up for a vote by the taxpayers. The selectmen voted to construct a $9,000 retaining wall downtown to facilitate parking for a local landlord, without putting it in the budget or a vote of the taxpayers. Then the police chief instituted a K-9 Unit without putting it in the budget or a vote of the taxpayers. This year the selectmen approved a $13,000 purchase of a utility all-terrain vehicle (and you thought a UTV was a potato chip!) without putting it in the budget or a vote of the taxpayers. Starting to see a pattern here? Well you should.
At the last Town Meeting, moderator Ned Gordon, chairman of the Space Needs Committee, reported; "The space needs of town government in 25 years will be shaped by the changing demands of the community . . . Bristol will experience no substantial residential growth in the next 25 years and may even decline in population." Bristol already has a population which is older than the state average." Grafton County Senior Citizens Council reports that "Bristol's population over age 60 increased by 53.4 percent over the past 20 years." Most importantly, "The average household income in the State of New Hampshire is approximately $64,000. The average household income in the Town of Bristol is approximately $38,000."
What does it all mean? It shouldn't mean embarking on a new round of multi-million dollar expansion of municipal facilities, Spending on the new town office and renovated police station have already started.
Hold on folks, under the continued leadership of now Chairman Alpers that's exactly what we the taxpayers of Bristol will get.
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