The power of “We The People”
To the Editor:
Recently, I joined a group of local activists who are disenchanted with the absence of dynamic leadership in our municipality.
The “Save Rumford Committee” has undertaken a responsibility to reject the recommended budget. The town manager, Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee have failed to take action to reduce municipal spending at a time when we face a serious emergency situation.
The potential for a paper mill shut down. If the paper mill closes, our town will face economic darkness with the loss of 850 jobs and the widespread concerns. Property taxes will increase dramatically if the paper mill faces a production downturn. We must reduce spending and provide essential service needs. The emergency is real!
My letter is intended to emphasize the collective power of our local voters. Within the federal and state governments the roles are well known for the separate three branches (Executive, Legislative and Judicial). The veto power rests, respectively, in the hands of the President and the Governor. However, It seems to be a little known fact that Maine state law clarifies the important role of the voters as the municipal “Legislative Body.”
In our town, the veto power for budgets and other legislative matters (charters and ordinances) is assigned to the Rumford legislative body (the voters). Now is the time for the Rumford legislative body to act decisively on the emergency situation.
Vote "no"on June 11th to veto the bloated service department budgets to force a do over.