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Vote for candidates you can trust on July 18

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To the editor:

The July 18 election in Tiverton for the Charter Review Commission will be here soon. Please watch what the candidates say – or do not say – very carefully. About half of the candidates have fought against the FTR for years. Some have done this openly, while others have been vague on their positions. Some have resorted to personal attacks, perhaps hoping to distract voters from their intentions.

On the other hand, candidates supported by the Tiverton Taxpayers Association have a proven history of advocating for voter rights and lower taxes, and have also promised to protect the Financial Town Referendum and ensure that the voters decide what happens with the new casino revenue. TTA candidates have responded to questionnaires, taken pledges, written letters, and participated in televised candidate forums. www.tivertontaxpayersassociation.org/crc2017. We have been transparent and can be trusted with the important task of protecting voters in the charter review process.

The TTA wants to protect the charter for voters, keep direct democracy in the FTR, and keep taxes under control. The other side (the folks who brought us such high taxes in the first place) wants to change the charter to eliminate the Budget Committee, eliminate the FTR, and have the government directly control the casino revenue and everything else on budgets and taxes. Please bring with you on July 18 the list of the candidates you can trust: Justin La Croix, Nancy Driggs, Jeffrey Caron, Robert Coulter, Raymond Fougere, Stephen Clarke, William Lopes, Donna Cook, and Richard Rom.

Robert Coulter

Tiverton

Candidate for Tiverton Charter Review Commission.

Comments:

Mike DeCotis

Mr. Coulter,

In all due respect not all candidates wish to eliminate the FTR. To my knowledge there is only one candidate of the 24 who would be for eliminating the financial town referendum. It would be more prudent of yourself and your cohorts to correct your letters and let us know publicly which candidates have said they are for eliminating the FTR. As far as I am aware “the other side” only includes one candidate. Please use a brush that’s not so broad when you decide to paint the opposing candidates. Myself, Jennifer Joslyn & David Paull do not wish or plan if elected to eliminate the FTR whatsoever. TTA candidares- to be fair in your future letters please exclude “The Trio” when you lump in candidates for the elimination of the FTR. The glossy expensive mailers paid for by mystery funds is enough- the least the TTA could do is be truthful and fact check your accusations before you disperse them on the taxpaying voters of Tiverton.

Tivertonians please consider electing honest thoughtful, truthful, respectful candidates (myself, Jennifer Joslyn & David Paull) that will hear your concerns. No robo calls or glossy mailers will come from us. If you do hear from The Trio it will be in person so you actually can meet and speak with us.

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