I agree with all of the article “The Scandal in Woodstock” (by Becki Leavitt), except for the sentence:
“The cost of continuing to pretend Prop 46 works is on the verge of bankrupting us financially. It has already bankrupted us morally.”
The needed items for this town should be done (approved). Now the question remains, “How ?”
What I have noticed in my 47 years as a town resident is there will be always two extremist groups in town , the tax and spend group and the no tax and no spend group.
Only the names change every decade.
Yes! I was around in 1979 when the original vote was taken back then. It was called Prop 23. I did vote in the affirmative for it as did others.
Is it still a viable law? Yes!
It controls one extremist element.
Are other funding options needed to address the other problems in town? Yes!
At the time the extreme group in control was the tax and spend group. It was exactly the same as it is now… two sides exchanging misinformation. It was a volatile time. Some things never change.
Enough history. Now how to make the financing happen. First, I think the Bonding issue was a step in finding a solution to keeping the towns both “extremist idelogies” true. I did not vote. I really don’t care… to be honest. This town does not have many options for (raising) extra money for the needed Capital Expenses that are part of the infrastructure.
Without the Capital improvements we are digging a deeper hole that will lead us to someday being another Waterbury where the State will bring in the “Big Guns” to lead us out of bankruptcy. It won’t be pretty. But at the same time the leadership of this town has to change, not the names but the “thought process”.
With the majority of the Grand List being directed to BOE that does not leave a lot left over for the other things in town.
What to do?????
My opinions as I see them.
1. There are some people in town that I know personally have become very wealthy from the resources that this town has provided. Whether it be land, people, or experience. Why not donate some equipment, materials or money back to the town?
2. Bake sales? How corney?
3. Repeal 46? Ain’t gonna happen.
4. How about a two or three year moratorium on Prop 46?
This would allow the necessary time to get enough cash to pay the necessary bills? Keeps both sides happy. Could both sides agree to that?
5. How about saving the cash that would have been spent financing the bond and put it aside until we have enough cash to buy the items?
These are a few options as I see them.
BTW, I don’t hide behind a dumb screen name.
Until somebody steps up to the plate and funds televised meetings where you can see the ineptitude of some of the people of the various boards and the reporting isn’t done exclusively in the print media, folks will never be able to make a informed decision. The message will never get out, no matter how many committees you have for input. Remember the old adage “A picture is worth a thousand words.”
And if the elected officials are that (far) out of touch with the pulse of the people that they need a committee to inform them, they aren’t getting around enough or (they are) stuck with their heads you know where – at the next vote, (it is) time to remove them. (This paragraph was added to this article from a comment posted by Jeff under the “…Victory Over Extremists” article. Admin)