Monday, September 21, 2015

BATTLE OF THE BUDGET --- by Dot Fitzgerald

EXCUSE ME MR... HILL, BUT IT WAS NOT MR... GREEN AND THE SCHOOL DEPARTMENT THAT "SADDLED" US WITH THE 6 OR 7 MILLION DOLLAR GYM AND TRACK BOND ! ! ! ! ! PERHAPS YOU NEED TO GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT.

AS I RECALL, MR.. GREEN AND THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE SAW A NEED, DID THEIR RESEARCH, GOT PLANS, FACTS AND FIGURES TOGETHER AND PUT ALL BEFORE THE VOTERS AS TO WHETHER THEY WANTED A TRACK AND A NEW GYM.

THE BONDS FOR THE TRACK AND THE GYM WENT TO THE VOTERS OF THE TOWN OF LISBON! ! ! ! ! ! ! !  IT WAS THE VOTERS OF THE TOWN OF LISBON THAT APPROVED

THE MONIES FOR A TRACK AND A NEW GYMNASIUM. NOT MR. GREEN AND/OR THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE. COULD IT BE THAT THE COST OF LEGAL FEES IN THE BATTLE OF
 THE BUDGET AND NUMEROUS SCHOOL BUDGET REFERENDUMS THAT HAVE DRAINED THE TOWN'S UNDESIGNATED FUNDS BALANCE????

THE SCHOOL DEPARTMENT HAD SEVERAL WORKSHOPS AND PUBLIC HEARINGS, ALL WELL ATTENDED, CONCERNING THE TRACK AND THE GYM. PLANS AND COSTS WERE PRESENTED, WELL BEFORE THE PROJECTS FOR BOTH WENT TO THE VOTERS FOR APPROVAL.

BOTH THE TRACK AND THE GYM ARE A WONDERFUL ASSET TO THE SCHOOL DEPARTMENT AND TO THE TOWN OF LISBON. BOTH WILL BE BRINGING IN REVENUE, NOT LIKE THE RIVER TRAIL THAT DOES NOT BRING IN ANY REVENUE AND IS BECOMING MORE COSTLY TO TAXPAYERS EACH YEAR.

DOT FITZGEALD
A CONCERNED CITIZEN 




 Editors Note:  Well if Mr. Green and the School Dept. thought they saw a need for a new track and gym they need their eyes checked.  This town is drowning in taxes and these two projects just added to the debt. 

Saying the voters approved the gym and track is a half truth.  The truth is the School Dept. decided to submit the bonds for a June election and load the polls with the Schools "Special Interest Group" to pass the bonds. 

Since then we have had a Charter change to stop such dirty dealings in the future.  

Yes the numerous votes on the School budget does cost a lot of money.  But it is the "NO VOTE" that triggers another election not the "YES" and we all know who is voting  NO.