Gilead Citizens Question Cole Property Purchase
This letter is in response to the article of Jan. 27, 2011 regarding the purchase of Cole's Custom Auto.
I am troubled to see the same sort of political maneuverings we have seen on the national scale. A special interest group is trying to force the selectmen into a hasty decision.The town authorized the selectmen to negotiate a price with the seller on behalf of "all" the taxpayers. One group can't set price and force action while excluding input from the rest of the taxpayers. The citizens of Gilead have the right to know the final price as well as the cost of a well, projected utilities and future maintenance and interest rates. It is not yet clear if additional land will need to be purchased.
Most important of all, we need to know how all of this will affect our tax rate. We live in uncertain economic times, and it is reasonable to think that future state funding may be reduced.
There have been no formal discussions in the past regarding the need for a town garage, nor have other options been considered. Some have questioned whether the building is suitable for a garage. A discussion on all of these issues may be helpful before a hasty decision is made to purchase any property.
We need to allow the selectmen to function in the capacity authorized by the voters. All of our future discussions need to be done in a respectful manner. We are, after all, all citizens of Gilead.