Letter to the Editor

Funds should go back to taxpayers

To the editor:

This is an open letter to ConVal:

The debate over the funds to be received from the Local Government Center were collected as taxes for the health insurance program, inasmuch as the district was overcharged and is now receiving a rebate from a specific line item I feel as follows:

1. The money should be returned to the towns. How can you justify returning $86,438 to retired teachers and ignore the taxpayer? Are taxpayers a lower class of citizen?

2. It may be legal to use the rebated monies for an item that was not voted on and approved by a vote of the districts’ citizens, but in my opinion, it would be unethical and immoral. Misapplication of Public Funds.

To summarize my feelings on the probability of your deciding not to return the funds. To the taxpayers, I paraphrase Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken.”

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I —

I took the one less traveled by

And that made all the difference.”

I implore you to take the road less traveled, the road of fiscal integrity and listen to the taxpayers.

A.H. Burtt

Greenfield

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