As we begin to think about Town Meeting Day on March 6, several questions come to mind as to who and how to vote.
But before we do that, we need to ask ourselves the following questions:
Would you buy a car if you didn’t know how much it cost?
Would you buy a house if you didn’t know how much it would cost and how much your mortgage would be?
Would you send your children to college if you didn’t how much tuition would cost?
I expect the answer to all these questions would be a resounding “no.”
The official ballot, annual town meeting election, in Shelburne March 6 has a similar question to those noted above. Article VII asks: “Shall the Town of Shelburne enter into an agreement for the formation of a union municipal district to be known as the Chittenden County Public Safety Authority, for the purpose of providing regional emergency dispatch?”
So why would you vote “yes” for Article VII if you didn’t know how much cost was involved in establishing this regional emergency dispatch? It will not be free. There will be a cost. I have never seen a proposed article to be voted on in any election that didn’t include the cost.
I highly recommend a “no” vote on this article unless we as voters of the Town of Shelburne are provided with the cost or estimated cost of this venture.
Carroll A. “Bud” Ockert