Town of Wil­ton is in need of some new ideas

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - OPINION -

I came across a video on the Wil­ton Repub­li­cans Face­book page. It started with a let­ter from me back in 2013 say­ing “I’m tired of hear­ing about the ‘No Town Tax’.” Then it pro­ceeded to say the Wil­ton Democrats “will seize land by em­i­nent do­main” (What?), no de­vel­op­ment (How can we be for no de­vel­op­ment? What would we seize the land for?), a high­way tax, and big­ger govern­ment. First, I prob­a­bly did say that in 2013 be­cause that’s all they have said for 30 years. In the mean­time, the town of Wil­ton has grown from 5,000 to nearly 18,000 in pop­u­la­tion. If we want to keep that “no town tax,” and we all want to keep our taxes low, we’d bet­ter think about new ways to save money, and, ask our­selves if we are re­spon­si­bly ad­dress­ing is­sues fac­ing our town. Also, “no town tax,” for the record ,is er­ro­neous. We have an “am­bu­lance tax,” a “fire tax,” but no town tax? Lastly, again, we are a dif­fer­ent town than we were. It may be time for new ideas and some new peo­ple. Do we need three fire­men from the same fire house on our town board?

Next, they have men­tioned we are against de­vel­op­ment. Well no that’s not true. We be­lieve in bring­ing ev­ery­body to the ta­ble early in the process. We be­lieve in hold­ing our de­vel­op­ers ac­count­able and hav­ing them work with us more for the ben­e­fit of all in the town. Why don’t we take the fee they pay per new house and use it to de­velop those “multi-use” paths they claim we are build­ing and have in­cluded in all of their “plans” for the last 10 years?

High­way tax? Never men­tioned it. Big­ger govern­ment? Although that’s a typ­i­cal talk­ing point for Repub­li­cans with noth­ing to say, if big­ger govern­ment means pos­si­bly hir­ing a full time town plan­ner, let’s go for it.

Please get out and vote Nov. 7, and vote Nancy Dwyer, Town Su­per­vi­sor, Paula Tan­credi Pen­man, Ken Gar­cia, Town Board, Eric D. Rosen­berg, Town Jus­tice, and John He­lenek, High­way Su­per­in­ten­dent, for new ideas. Pat Kuz Wil­ton The au­thor is chair­per­son of the Wil­ton Demo­cratic Com­mit­tee

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