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Letter to the Editor: 'Your vote will count'

Letter urges residents to attend Annual Town Meeting on Tuesday.

Dear Editor,

The Town Meeting on Tuesday, May 1 at 7:30 at the is an important one and every citizen in town should be making plans to attend. Three elected boards, the Board of Education, the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance, have worked for many months to bring a budget to the Town of Brookfield that is fair, well thought out and financially sound.

Several things will be decided, and your vote will count:

  • The date and day of the Referendum:

I believe it needs to be as recommended on Tuesday, May 15, not a Saturday when many activities, events and family commitments will not bring out the largest voting population.

  • Keeping the proposed budget as presented:

There may be an effort made by some to reduce items as proposed. I believe it is the right of the citizens of this community to vote on the budget that our elected officials have prepared, and reducing any items in the proposed budget does not give us that right.

  • Dividing the vote in two parts… Education and Municipal:

There are people who believe that the education budget is a separate part of our community and therefore should be considered separately. I believe they are wrong, and the budget vote by our whole town should be for the whole town. A strong and vibrant educational system in Brookfield, not only benefits the children it serves, but the entire town. We are one community, not divided, but together in wanting what is best for all.

Your votes are needed to ensure we move forward as a community. Please attend the meeting and vote for Brookfield.

Joni Park

David Propper April 30, 2012 at 05:22 PM
It is a tradition in the USA that when we go to the polls, we go on Tuesdays. People don't expect that polls will be open on any other day. Why would somebody want to go against tradition. There is no grassroots effort to change this tradition. Last year, those residents that went to the Town Meeting chose a Saturday vote. This year, we should go and CHOSE a traditional Tuesday vote.
Victor Katz April 30, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Well said David!
Rob Gianazza April 30, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Interesting comment pertaining to rights. Our Town Charter permits the people of Brookfield to make a change to the budget. That is a right. In a representative form of government, our elected officials should be responding to the voters, not dictating to them what they can and cannot have. Also please remember that voting for or against a budget is just that, a choice. Voting no does not make you an evil villain or someone that does not love and support Brookfield. I too encourage everyone to get out to the Town Meeting and to vote. Let your voice be heard.

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