I write this letter as my interview with PEGTV airs in regards to the Brandon town budget revote, and after reading and rereading the many letters to The Reporter in regards to the same.
The proposed town budget, a budget that reflects an increase in the amount to be raised by taxes of 10.3 percent from the current fiscal year, passed by a margin of only eight votes.
I am one of four people who worked very hard to get this revote a reality for the town of Brandon. We had many local businesses on board that put out our petitions, and we went door to door to get the approximate 600 signatures we needed. Mr. Spezanno, no one was forced to sign these petitions, thus the use of that word by you stating “a petition campaign that now forces us to vote again,” brings such a negative connotation, when, in fact, in no way is this a negative movement.
This is simply a revote on the town’s municipal budget asking the people responsible for approving this budget to take a second look at the figures so that our revenues exceed our expenditures, not the opposite.
I reference page 11, Auditor’s Report, Statement of Revenues and Expenditures for the Year ended 6/30/12: Total revenues $3,121,587, Total expenditures $3,644,367, Excess of Revenues or (Expenditures) ($522,780).
In essence, we are asking for fiscal responsibility.
When a dear friend tried to discourage me from seeking a revote on the grounds it was anti-democratic, (a “hijack” he stated in his letter), I thought to myself, quite the contrary. A definition of the word democratic is “pertaining to or characterized by the principle of political or social equality for all.”
An informational meeting will be held at the Neshobe Elementary School on Monday, April 29, at 7 p.m. This is the opportunity for voters and non-voters to ask questions and the Select Board to explain why they feel this is a good budget.
The vote will take place at the same location, Tuesday, April 30, from 7 a.m. to 7p.m.
The municipal budget is one of many that influences our tax burden, and it is one that we, the voters, can influence. Vote for a new town budget by rejecting the current one. Vote no on April 30.
PHYLLIS CIOFFI REED
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