Let democracy take its course
To the Editor:
Rumford is at a crossroads.
We are in desperate need of leadership. In my humble opinion, the current “leadership” in the form of the Board of Selectpersons and Finance Committee fail to recognize the mood and will of a majority of the voters respecting budgetary issues.
While these two boards should be commended for stepping up to be our representatives they, at the same time, should also understand that there is an undercurrent of frustration, not only with the budget, but the failure of these boards to accept the will of the majority of the voters. These boards are zero for three probably because they just don’t get it.
It should be recognized that there is a strong sentiment that the proposed budget of $6,200,000 has an up or down vote for this fiscal year. There has still not been a vote on that proposal. That vote needs to be had. The proponents have earned that right.
The only way that’s going to happen, however, is for the Select Board or Finance Committee to have the wisdom to make that recommendation. The result will end that controversy and the need for further voting on this year’s budget.
What is the worse that can happen? If the budget of $6,200,000 passes then the town will experience austerity that we are not accustomed to, but we will be able to determine whether we can live with it. If we, on the other hand, realize that we can’t live with that kind of budget, the pain is felt for only one year, the democratic process had its chance and we’ll know going forward that we need to increase the budget.
The possible pain for one year might actually end up being a cure of settling the ongoing controversy that exists because the majority of the persistent voting public feels they’re not being heard.
Why not let democracy take its course? We may find that in the end it was the right thing to do.