Both sides are off base
I will certainly be glad when Brandonís revote is over. I have taken issue with what has been written and said by both sides. It would appear as many are not happy with the budget, yet did not become involved in the process. One area of concern is the recreation director position.
While the person now doing the job may be doing a great job, the original position was a part-time position. Thus today it may yield a better group of candidates that are looking for a full-time position that previously would not have applied.
Secondly, I do not believe that going back into the flooded town office building is wise. Knowing that $147,000 (partial reimbursement payment coming to Brandon), the townspeople do not know the total cost of a project yet to go out to bid. I canít fathom any reasonable person starting a project without knowing costs and money on hand.
I agree with those who say it is time to stop level-funding the budget. Having said that, I believe that we should have considered other projects to be included in the budget or as a separate warned item.
If the budget is passed then, apparently people do not care what the board spends or how and why. If the budget goes down, then we might know the true costs of a project that may end up costing more in the long run, simply because we didnít care to know the true costs to the citizens up-front.
Either way, voting no and not participating in the process, or voting yes and not knowing the true costs are both foolish to me.
BRIAN E. FILLIOE