Man on the street
I think that probably the biggest problem, and the one we keep facing, is continually rising tax rate. Property tax being the primary source of revenue. It is inflation in the market and it’s getting more expensive to run the town and that results in higher taxes and people don’t like to see their taxes go up. What the town can do about that, I think it’s a constant battle but it’s been a battle they have been fighting for years so there’s not a lot of "low-hanging fruit" anymore. We have over a number of years deferred some maintenance and some other things, so I don’t see that we can do it there. Schools are a big part of the budget and our problem is that we have so few students it’s kind of not very economically efficient to run such a small school with so few students in it. But that’s really the only thing you can do there is to consolidate schools. But...for the little kids, they seem to be willing to pay that price. I think they run that [school] inexpensively but it’s still not economic, there’s just so few students in it. This town has very low enrollment. This town, I think it’s maturing and I don’t think we have that many young children so it makes it pretty expensive to run schools.
The town of Antrim will need to develop a sensible alternative energy policy. The residents of Antrim have made it clear that they value alternative energy and energy conservation. The state of New Hampshire has ruled that it can't happen at the expense of the sensitive environmental areas and scenic landscapes. So we need to roll up our sleeves and work together to create rules we all can live with.
ConVal guidance, teachers and families need to help students select post-graduation opportunities that students can complete. Completing college or a training program with debt is difficult enough, but not completing and with debt is really bad for our students and our community's economy and future.
The town tax rate went up 17 percent [due to] the school budget, but overall the town has been doing well.
I would like the town to enhance its long-term plan so that they can more properly address long-term
projects like the Town Hall and roads, etc.
School-wise the budget relative to the number of students is out of control. The administration is top-heavy and the district and towns cannot afford the current contract. The new contract, which should be in the works, should address the pension and health care. Defined benefit plans can no longer exist unless the recipients contribute much more. Health care-wise it is much more about plan design than
contributions, as design drives the cost.
I would like to see an auditorium/theater built [at ConVal High School]. It would be a wonderful benefit to both the school and the town. I've been to concerts and events in Massachusetts that are held in school auditoriums that were wonderful.
For the town, I'm excited about the prospect of an upgraded library. It's an aging facility and needs work. I've gone to a couple of the meetings about the library. There's a lot of energy there.
The education situation is horrendous. There aren’t enough teachers, there’s so much hullabaloo going on within the system. I don’t know that I’ve heard any good news in the education system. My grandchildren go to private schools because [ConVal] wasn’t satisfactory.
I’m always thinking I wish I could do something to help the homeless and the poor people. I think poverty is probably one of the biggest [issues] in the area.
The biggest issue we have in town, this year, is the question of whether or not to allow drive-thrus in Dublin. The word on the street is [it would] just in the commercial district, which would be the intersection of [Route] 137 and Route 101, but in actuality systemic. It would be also the village district and the rural district by special exception. It would allow fast food, banks, drug stores, any variety of commercial drive-thrus in town. So we have tried to, or at least I've tried to make people aware that this is a problem and something that we need to address at the ballot and we need to vote no on drive-thrus.
So I think one of the biggest issues is the drive-thru issue in Dublin, and we definitely don't want to have this be a drive-thru community that will drive out our local businesses. We want to preserve the integrity of the small town and this Dublin feeling. It's a big issue and I know the majority of Dublin residents will be voting 'no' on that.
"I feel that a lot of the underpaid people, we really need to help. I'm low incom,e I live paycheck to paychec,k and I would like to see more help for people that are really, really trying. I have a son who is disabled and he's had a hard time and I think it's because there are people out there that don't understand mental illness and he needs help in that situation.
In the school district, I feel that the guidance department needs to have a lot more help. They need to be able to help the kids more, teaching them how to invest in themselves, how to further their educations.
"I don't particularly care for what they are proposing on the corner of 119 and 202. This is a little town please keep it that way. They're talking about making it into a commercial district and putting housing lots on only half an acre so your houses up, come on, look, this is Rindge, don't spoil it."
Personally, I’d like to see change. Get some old people out and some new people in in the town government. Right down to the DPW, getting some new people coming in. For the school, I don’t have children in the school district, though I work for Community Transportation. I hear complaints from other people about it sometimes, but I don’t have anything to say about the schools.
I think the school district ought to do the school’s plan [to consolidate the elemenatary schools]. I know that $8 million is a lot of money, but we’ve been putting it off long enough I think they’ve done a real thorough study of what the plan is and I think we have to go along with them. The School Board right now is real sharp and they know what’s going on. As far as the town, I think its re-electing the road agent, and not appointing him.
I don’t really have an opinion on the school, I don’t have any kids in the district. For the town, the biggest complaint I’ve heard lately is they’re taking too long to clean up the snow. But with the budget, plus with how bad of a winter it’s been, I can’t fault them.
I think we do need a good teacher contract [at Mascenic] because we do have a very good school. We do have a state of the art school, since it’s been built. Budget has always been an issue, and our taxes. Nobody ever wants to elect anything because of their taxes going up. That’s always been an issue. If you don’t educate your kids, what are you going to get in the future? I’m always been about the kids in the community. It’s a way to keep them active and off the streets.