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Letter: Vote Nickerson in Sanbornton


Monday, March 13, 2017
Vote Nickerson in Sanbornton

My name is Dave Nickerson, and I am running for selectman in Sanbornton.

Previously I enjoyed three years on the budget committee and nine years as your selectman. I feel that it is imperative to be transparent, fiscally balanced and responsible to our taxpayers.

In a Sanbornton Budget Committee survey, 63 percent felt that their property taxes were too high and that infrastructure (roads and highways) was the most important issue.

Rather than spending $50,000 on a road inventory as the current selectmen want to do, I think that the money would be better spent working on the roads and hiring two full-time DPW employees. I also feel that the cost of the requested second ambulance ($260,000) and two full-time firefighters ($140,000) would be better spent to offset the cost of hiring the two full-time DPW employees, which would free up the DPW director to do a road inventory and other duties that a manager in charge of a million dollar budget could be doing. Our roads need ditching, gravel, in some cases complete rebuilding, and we have an unsafe bridge on Hermit Woods Road. The Highway Department needs more help.

Our fire chief’s rationale of making more revenue with a second ambulance, in my opinion, is the wrong thought process. We shouldn’t be making money on the backs of the taxpayers who have already paid a great deal for the ambulance.

Please support me for selectman. If elected, I will respect the wishes of the taxpayers. My phone is always on, and I’ll listen to any questions or concerns.

Dave Nickerson

Sanbornton