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Sanbornton hearing on Wednesday will focus on safety inspection fees

To The Daily Sun,

Sanbornton residents concerned about taxes need to attend the public hearing on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. in the town offices to discuss the proposed fees for safety inspections.

The estimated revenue from the proposed fees is a modest $6 to $8,000, but it's still a tax increase and something that should be presented in a warrant article at Town Meeting rather than discussed in what is usually a poorly attended public hearing. The Board of Selectmen should be sensitive to how residents perceive fee increases especially after the brouhaha created last year when they suggested charging for items taken from the dump's metal pile.

This request for fees raises a number of questions. For example, why are the fees even necessary? Sanbornton has the second highest town tax in Belknap County, what are we getting for our money? It certainly isn't well maintained roads.

Also the proposed fees seem to hit taxpayers twice. First we pay the salaries of inspection personnel through our town tax, and pay again when we or our contractor pays the fee.

Proposed fee revenue is slated to go to the Fire Department Special Revenue Fund. However, this fund, at the end of this budget year, will have a balance of approximately $270,000. Further there will be $265,000 and $85,000 in capital reserve for a new fire truck and fire truck refurbishment respectfully. A total of $620,000 set aside for the Fire Department while the total amount in capital reserve for the DPW department is only $559.01 for heavy equipment. Clearly any fee revenue for inspections should go somewhere other than the Fire Department.
Agree or disagree at the hearing.

Roger Grey

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Thanks to those who gave me important facts about Laconia

To The Daily Sun,

The research project is over and unfortunately did not materialize results. The raw data was insufficient in numbers to draw any conclusions. The idea was to get a large group of people to write down their concerns about Laconia. This collection would then be separated and categorized to draw some conclusions.

However, all is not lost. During the process I met with groups and individuals who told me many facts and ideas about Laconia which I can take to the state House and use to do a better job. Information gives you power and I was able to collect many important bits of information that, should I be elected, can help me be a better state rep.

Thank you to all who helped with the project and those who gave me important facts about Laconia. Please vote for me on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 8.

It is time for a change and a new set of eyes and ears.

Tom Dawson
Candidate for State Representative

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