This November 8th, the residents of Lisbon will be voting on three positions on the Town Council currently filled by Councilor Roger Bickford, Councilor Eric Metivier and Councilor Chris Brunelle. So let’s take a closer look at the accomplishments of these Councilors.
1. These Councilors were responsible for the debacle with the School Department over the School Budget a few years ago. These three were directly responsible for the people having to vote on five different occasions which cost us taxpayers approximately $15,000.00 tax dollars plus whatever legal fees were paid. I am not sure anyone will ever be able to tally all those up. The ring leaders included Councilors Bickford and Metivier.
2. These same Councilors voted to stop the consolidation of the Lisbon Communication Center and Androscoggin County Dispatch. By stopping this project, it cost the town approximately $190,000.00 per year for two years. If you notice, Councilor Bickford has kept it off the agenda for two years. This current Council is not even considering looking at way to reduce our taxes and so they continue to climb every year.
3. Chairman Bickford postponed a vote on what to do next on Route 9 so that his friend Councilor Metivier could vote on it. This act was illegal but who is going to police what he does because he is receiving his instruction from the “Good Old Boys” network. Chairman Fellows of the Planning Board provided the right guidance and that is to drop any more discussion on Route 9 because the majority of the people do not want it changed and add it to the discussion when the town’s Comprehensive Plan comes up for review. Any action prior to that is a pure waste of time and possible illegal. All of this is for one family. In a democracy the majority rules except in Lisbon, and then whatever the “Good Old Boys” want rules legal or illegal.
Councilor Brunelle voted in favor of all these items as he does in every case. Councilor Brunelle votes anyway they want him to vote so that nothing gets on the agenda about the Water Department.
These three Councilors have voted to advance their personal agendas instead of putting what is best for the community first. They have cost this community more taxpayer’s dollars than is necessary. At no time have they tried to save tax dollars. Between now and November 8th, if they do not reduce their spending or increase revenue, our taxes will go up again this year.
Can we afford another year with a tax increase????????????