The Tone of the Incumbent
The other evening, an older gentleman in Tiverton told me of his experience working in town government with Tiverton Town Council President Louise Durfee… during the Nixon administration. Well, the heiress apparently sees something of concern in Tiverton Citizens for Change, because she took out a big advertisement in the Sakonnet Times this week, the implications of which will no doubt strike familiar, dissonant chords among Anchor Rising readers:
Citizens of Tiverton Be Wary!
A group of recent residents to Tiverton has formed a Political Action Committee (PAC) to teach us fiscal “responsibility”. The PAC is Tiverton Citizens for Change (TCC) which is composed of the same people who sought a $2 Million dollar cut at the recent Financial Town Meeting.
The $2 Million dollar cut was sought even after the Municipal budget as proposed by the Town Council for the Town Meeting had a ZERO impact on the tax rate. For example the municipal budget covers among other things, the Police Dept., the Fire Dept., the Senior center, the Highway Dept., the Library, Summer programs, the Town Hall and all volunteer boards.
The TCC has a responsibility to come forward with the budget cuts they would make.
Would they do away with our Senior Center?
Would they go back to a Volunteer Fire/Police Dept.?
Would they operate the Police Dept. from 9-5?
Would they do away with trash pick-up and snow plowing?
Would they ditch any proposed plans for a new library?
Would they cut summer recreation programs?
Be careful what you “wish for” and most of all be well informed about WHO you vote for!
Ah, the familiar ring of the Rhode Island political strategy: scare as many citizens as possible that their pet programs will be lost with disastrous results, stoke nativist prejudices against newcomers to the town, and treat those newcomers as if their voices ought to count for less in the governance of our town.
Ms. Durfee best be wary. Among the intended effects of TCC’s advocacy is preventing all those “recent residents” from leaving the (quote/unquote) real Tivertonians to foot the bill for town services all on their own.