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Letter: Tiverton’s Charter isn’t merely about FTR and finances

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To the editor:

Good government requires elected officials who come to the table with their own ideas and perspectives about the small and large issues they will face. It also requires that these officials have the ability to listen to opposing perspectives, identify common ground and focus on solutions that balance the competing interests and needs of our citizens.

Effective local government requires a Town Charter – our Constitution – that contains the checks and balances necessary to operate a 21st Century community. It needs to provide sound methods for determining budgets and managing expenses while holding elected officials accountable for their decisions. It needs to ensure that key governmental services are provided as efficiently as possible. It needs to ensure a fair electoral process and that the rights of the minority are protected.

I am running for the Tiverton Charter Commission because I believe that I have the skills, knowledge and experience to be an effective member of this critical commission. I have 20 years of experience working as a legislative liaison for state government which includes writing and negotiating key legislation. As a trained social worker, I am adept at working collaboratively with others and finding common ground. As a former School Committee member, I understand the competing interests of local government.

Some single-issue candidates – Caron, Katz, Coulter, Driggs, LaCroix and Cook to name a few – will want you to believe that I run simply to eliminate the Financial Town Referendum (FTR). Yes, I have been a vocal opponent of the FTR as I don’t believe it is the most effective way to approve budgets for a 21st Century community. However, I also know that, if elected, I will be one of nine members and others won’t necessarily agree with my perspective. I will have to work with them to develop recommendations for you to vote on that make the most sense for all of us.

Additionally, as I said, the Charter isn’t simply about the FTR or finances. It is our Constitution and it prescribes many functions beyond finances and budgeting. Remember, the Charter Commission only recommends changes to the Town Council who then decides what is put on the November 2018 ballot on which you get to vote and have the final say.

I ask you to vote for me on July 18and ask that you also vote for the following candidates: Michael Janick, Gregory Jones, Jason Mello, Kimberly Sutherland, David Perry, Andrea Souza and Donna Edwards. Thank you for your consideration.

Mike Burk

Tiverton

Candidate for Tiverton Charter Review Commission

Comments:

joe sousa

The main issue is the FTR and the Liberals want to change it. Support TTA candidates only.

tubby barton

Joe, everything is political to the simpleminded ideologue.

I urge the voters to evaluate what is a stake here, it’s more than extremist’s precious FTR and their ability to hijack the budget process with 50 voters. Take a look at the recent trash debacle and see where the recent budget recklessness led by Katz, Caron, Driggs, Cook and Coulter (is he for reserves or against them now?) has brought us and where it’s going. Are you happy with the condition of the roads and infrastructure, the changes in quality of life and where they have led the town?

Justin La Croix

Mike,

I have never accused you of wanting to eliminate the FTR…so it seems as of you are in the mudslinging business. Doesn’t suit you very well.

joe sousa

The Budget Com and voters gave the Town Council every dollar they asked for this year for trash removal. There was no cut to trash this year, that was the previous no brains budget com.

Get your facts strait Tubby .

People like you with your fake names trying to spin the truth. We are informed, involved, and won’t go away.

tubby barton

So Joe, you are basically saying this year’s budget committee didn’t know what they were doing putting together an inadequate and insufficient budget.

Talk about “trying to spin the truth”. …”We are informed, involved, and won’t go away.” is a real knee slapper.

And who is the “we” you speak of? I don’t know anyone in town that will admit you speak for them.

tubby barton

So Joe, you are basically saying this year’s budget committee didn’t know what they were doing putting together an inadequate and insufficient budget.

Talk about “trying to spin the truth”. …”We are informed, involved, and won’t go away.” is a real knee slapper.

And who is the “we” you speak of? I don’t know anyone in town that will admit you speak for them.

Laura Rom

Candidates for the Charter Review Commission SHOULD stand for something…you have given the voters absolutely nothing to help them decide who to vote for on July 18h other than you play well with others. The budget process and casino revenue are the hot button issues so I challenge you to take a stand and give the voters an opportunity to know just what you, as a candidate, will fight for as a potential member of the Charter Review Commission.

STEVEC

I vote regularly and taxes and casino revenue is all I care about being controlled. Taxes need to go down in this town period! I dont want money spent we havent even realized yet (casino revenue). Like hiring 5 officers we cant pay or hiring more firefighters that we cant pay. Keep the expenses the same or less and reduce the taxes with added casino money.

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