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February 26, 2010
MEMBER EDITORIAL
 
Article 9 is very bad for many reasons



Article 9 is asking for about a million dollars for some new trucks.  One is a fire engine and the other two are for public works.  A dump truck and a recycle collection truck.

This article is very bad for Goffstown for a lot of reasons.  It's not just that we can't afford these things right now, even though we probably need them.  It's the way this whole thing was put together.

First, the purchase is being put out to bond.  I heard the selectmen myself say they were doing this because we can't afford to buy them outright like we've always done.  That should be a warning to everyone right there that we just can't afford them, period. 

The other thing that bothers me is that the public works trucks are going to be used as replacements for trucks that are working just fine right now.  So why are we getting rid of them and buying new ones?  I again heard selectmen say at the deliberative session that they were being replaced because that's what the schedule called for.

Well it doesn't make sense to me to spend like that just because of a schedule.  Especially with the economy the way it is and all of us in Goffstown hurting pretty bad and looking at a HUGE tax increase next year (even if we don't buy these trucks).  Why don't they do what I have to do, and that is not buy a buy car but fix mine and keep it going another few years.  If I can do it, why can't the town?

But most of all, it really bugs me the way this article is set up so that we taxpayers have no choice but to go with all of them or none of them.  That seems like a tricky political game to me.  I heard Scott Gross say that it was done this way so that we voters couldn't pick and chose the trucks we wanted to buy.

That's just not right.  I think it's up to us to decide what we want to spend our money on and not be tricked into having to get all these trucks at once.

There are too many things wrong about this whole truck deal and how it is put together.  

I say vote NO on Article 9.

 

     

 

 


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