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Letters to the Editor

March 7, 2013

Newton Warrant Items

Please read the Newton warrant articles in full. At the bottom of each article, there will be a comment on whether or not there is any tax impact. We would encourage you to vote for those with no tax impact since this will provide services to the town, without increasing our taxes. That’s a no-brainer.

There are a few other Articles’ that we would like to comment on. Article 24 is no tax impact. This Article will create an Expendable Trust Fund for our Newton Emergency Operating Center. As many of you know, our Emergency Management Team consists of men and women that help our residents during emergencies. This team checks on our residents during power failures, delivers water for those that request it, checks our seniors and disabled residents, and often times drop of information on preparedness for emergencies and how to safely run a generator and explains placement outside your home. This Article will allow funds to be placed in the Trust Fund, that later can be used for equipment, payroll, and supplies, therefore not impacting the Budget for the Emergency Management Department. This will benefit the Taxpayers.

The next important item is Article 12 is for the highway foreman position. Our road foreman should be a full-time position in order give the appropriate time for working on our roads, culverts and basic infrastructure. This position is not for the road agent, (who by the way, is only authorized two hours a week for doing the payroll), but instead, it is for our actual “out-in-the-field” road foreman. We only have two road people on our road crew. Please support this article which is only making one of them a full-time position. The tax impact for supporting this article is two (2) cents per $1,000.

Article 19 is also an important article. Our current director at the library works 39 hours a week, because the residents have not voted to make this full-time. In a fragile economy, when people are using the library more and more for books and free Kindle service, children’s programs and computer usage, we need our director to be full time. The tax impact for this article is only 2 cents per $1,000. We encourage you to consider this as an asset for our community. The last one is Article 22, for a new Fire Department tank truck. This article will replace an old tanker with a new one, with larger capacity of water, and improved equipment, allowing our Fire Department to respond to a fire with more water and in a dependable vehicle. The tax impact on this will be 4 cents per $1,000. Please vote in favor of this article.

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