Letter: Thank you for six great years

To the editor:

I would like to thank the residents of the Town of Rindge for allowing me to serve as a selectman for the past six years. It has been a very enlightening experience, and I have learned a lot about the way our town works during my time in office.

Last year, as you may recall, the Board of Selectmen and I brought forward a warrant article to change the fiscal year of the town from a calendar year to a July-June fiscal year. Sixty percent of the voters agreed that making that change was a wise decision. The warrant article directed the Board to bring forward an 18-month budget (as required by state law) this year. The 18-month budget the Board of Selectmen is proposing is exactly one-and-a-half times last year’s budget. We did that to lessen the impact of this one-time transition.

During the budget’s development, some residents raised concerns about the fiscal impact of pre-paying six months of expenses (net of revenues), so we researched ways to ease the burden. The bond that we are proposing will spread the cost out over several years to avoid a one-time spike in the tax bill and any problems with mortgage escrows. Interest rates are at a historically low level, so now is a good time to make this transition.

I ask that those of you who came out to vote in support of this change last year return again to show your support for the 18-month budget and the bond article. Folks who seek to overturn last year’s vote and rescind the fiscal year conversion can’t see the benefits of making the change. I contend that the reasons 60 percent of the voters approved the conversion last year are more relevant now than ever: 1) the town should collect taxes before it spends them, 2) the town should know if the state is slashing revenues before the fiscal year is half over, and 3) the town should close its books before it publishes year-end numbers.

I look forward to seeing you at the polls on March 12 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Rindge Memorial School.

Jed Brummer

Rindge Select Board

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