It would seem that our Selectmen are tired of butting heads with the Budget Committee over runaway spending and unnecessary purchases and instead of working with them to come up with a sound and fair town budget each year, they want full control and are going to attempt to get their way.
Are you in favor of rescinding the Municipal Budget Act as defined under RSA 32:14?
Our Town Selectmen are attempting to circumvent our system of checks and balances by removing the town budget committee process; asking the voters to pass a town warrant to do just that. By rescinding the Municipal Budget Act, it would allow allow the town's Moderator, Ken Harvey or Henry Parkhurst to appoint a so-called Finance Committee, the number of members at large and who these members would be. Can we trust our selectmen to oversee this committee and to pick trustworthy members that will look out for the best interest of the town? Stop and think for a minute, do you really want to give them that much more power to control all of the town's finance's with no option to hold them in check? You know darn right well they will appoint people from their inner circle of friends and supporters who will approve their every want and wish list, with no regard for the citizen's of Winchester. Do you really want to put these people on a committee to approve and oversee our budget? If this subdivision is adopted we will most certainly loose control of our town finances according to article IV.
The Budget Committee is far from perfect; but it takes the control away from the Selectmen.
and gives us hope that someone is watching out for our best interests.
32:14 Adoption. –
I. This subdivision may be adopted:
(a) By any town with a town meeting form of government, including those with a budgetary town meeting, official ballot town meeting, or representative town meeting
IV. If the vote is favorable, the town or district shall at that same meeting vote, by ballot or other means, determine the number of members-at-large, as provided in RSA 32:15, I, and whether they shall be elected or appointed by the moderator.
This is a dangerous petition for all of us and should be defeated with a resounding vote of NO. Don't be fooled by the propaganda they will spew about how passing this warrant will benefit the town and all of us, it most certainly will not.