Letter: Concerned about property taxes

To the editor:

I am running for the Wilton Board of Selectmen in the town election on March 12. For the past two years I have served on Wilton’s budget committee, so I have become familiar with the town’s financial situation and the budgets of each department.

I grew up in Nashua, and I am a graduate of Dartmouth College. I moved back to this area three years ago after living in Flagstaff, Ariz., for about 25 years. I served as an elected member of the Flagstaff City Council for eight years. I work at the Historical Society of Cheshire County, and my wife is a teacher at the High Mowing School.

My wife and I own a house in Wilton and we are very concerned about the high burden we have to pay in property taxes. Wilton’s current tax rate comes to over $6,000 on a $250,000 house, so I think the Selectmen need to be very careful about raising taxes any higher. I can imagine what it would be like to finally pay off your house only to find out when you retire that you couldn’t afford your tax bill on a fixed income.

I think we should watch our expenses very closely and ask ourselves whether each expense is a good investment.

I am confident that I would serve the people of Wilton as an intelligent and thoughtful selectman. I don’t have all the answers, but I am a good listener and I would do my best to be open-minded and fair.

If I am elected on March 12, I will do my best to be accessible to concerned residents, staff members, and the other selectmen. It would be a privilege to serve all the people of Wilton and be connected to our past, present, and future.

Richard Swanson

Wilton

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