Dis­ap­pointed in Bethel bud­get vote com­ments

The News-Times - - OPINION - Jim Ro­den Bethel

In read­ing your ar­ti­cle in the April 12 edi­tion, I was trou­bled by the com­ments from First Select­man Matt Kinicker­bocker. I un­der­stand that the elected of­fi­cials in Bethel rep­re­sent all of the tax­pay­ers and vot­ers. His com­ments that the town side of the bud­get was “vic­tim­ized” seems to in­di­cate that he is only con­cerned with the vot­ers who ap­proved the town bud­get.

This is a dis­ser­vice to the ma­jor­ity of tax­pay­ers who voted their con­science in good faith to re­duce the cost in­crease that is in the town side of the bud­get. Knicker­bocker also used the words “slash and burn,” which are again tar­geted at the ma­jor­ity of tax­pay­ers who voted down the town side spend­ing plan.

The tax­pay­ers and vot­ers who dis­agree with the town-side spend­ing plan are not the en­emy and have the same con­cerns about the town as do the tax­pay­ers and vot­ers who voted to ap­prove the town­side spend­ing plan.

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