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Letter: Sanbornton needs SB 2

I hope this year the majority of Sanbornton voters say yes to Question 1 which will allow us to adopt SB 2 on Election Day, May 14. The adoption of SB 2 allows all residents to vote on the town budget in the privacy of the election booth on election day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Currently only those who attend the town meeting are allowed to determine decisions made regarding town policy, procedure and budget. There are approximately 150 Sanbornton residents who attend the town meeting, a poor turnout, considering the town has 2,178 registered voters, that allows a minority to determine how much money is going to spent and how much it will impact our tax rate.

SB 2 will allow all residents to vote on the town budget in the privacy of a voting booth and not allow a minority of town residents to determine how our tax dollars will be spent. The taxpayers of Sanbornton are entitled to our constitutional right to a secret ballot, not only on Election Day, but also when voting on a town operating budget.

This year the total recommended operating budget and individual and special warrant articles together amount to $4,732,201. Sanbornton residents, please vote Yes on Question 1 to adopt this important change. Lets put the control of the town budget in the hands of all town residents, not just a few.

BILL WHALEN

Sanbornton

Legacy Comments4

If you want to pass a town budget something between seldom and never, you need SB2. If you want to pass a school budget even closer to never, you need SB2. If you like watching your public facilities - schools, parks, cemeteries, etc. - slowly decay for lack of sufficient money spent on regular maintenance, then you really need SB2. What SB2, once adopted does, is to provide uninvolved citizens who lack the information or motivation to attend town/school district meetings the lazy man's option to go to the polls and vote NO. Sanbornton, resist the temptation!

So its only in non SB2 towns that "schools, parks, cemeteries, etc. - slowly decay for lack of sufficient money spent on regular maintenance"??? Really? Link?

It's hard enough to get a budget passed in the traditional town meeting format, but it's a cake walk compared to what it takes after SB2. When budgets fail, facilities suffer. Is SB2 the sole problem? No, but it exacerbates whatever fiscal pressures are present.

So no link then?

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