About voting for the third time
To the Editor:
Wow! The budget process is not about Save Rumford Committee and the town government needs to remember always they work for the people of the community.
When the people voted on the budgets, the majority wanted lower taxes. The biggest taxpayer also asked the town government to reduce the budgets so everyone's taxes would be lowered.
In return, it seems the town government would do what they think is best for the town regardless if the majority wanted lower taxes.
Now, the Save Rumford and the town government are competing with one another to see who's right or wrong. We, the citizens, who are going to vote again for the third time, need to do what's best for our wallets and not listen to the war that's going on in our town.
We the people are smart enough; look around at what Rumford has. Here are some questions we can ask ourselves when we vote again:
* Can you afford higher taxes for what is here in Rumford? Is it a growing community, with businesses, jobs and population?
* Can I afford another dollar or more to give and go without something for my family? Once again, it's not about Save Rumford by no means and the town government needs to remember who they work for. Our economic times have changed and we may not be able to fund or give what we used to and should not be shameful for that.
As for me, when I worked for the town, cuts were made that were hard to swallow. In return, it was what the taxpayers wanted that mattered. I worked for well over 14 years on our local fire department and served on a number of boards and was a selectman for Rumford.
I know for myself where cuts can be made and what great things can happen in this town.
Jeremy J. Volkernick,