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I am troubled by the term "Townie". Over the years so-called "townies" have dominated the Board and apparently that accident of birth is a prime qualification.I would like to think that we choose a candidate or candidates on the basis of honesty, intelligence, and qualifications, among other criteria. I for one do not consider a "Townie" as a qualification and n fact resent that as reason for an affirmative vote.
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Civility is oversold around here. We have people in charge that won't say ---- Even when they have a mouthful.
Ms Marsh, could you give us your view on what the towns two biggest issues are, and how you would guide us around them?
Ms. Marsh, what is your position on retaining the TA?
-->Anonymous For Qualified Candidates said...I am troubled by the term "Townie"...Hi there,I am sorry that the term "Townie" offended you and I completely agree that no one should vote for a candidate based on any one qualification, let alone if someone was born here or not. To clarify, I was not actually born in Moultonborough or even New Hampshire for that matter. I was raised here however and have gone through the school system from Kindergarten to graduation. My heart is here. I love my town and want to see it's character preserved as we move forward into the future.
-->Anonymous said...Civility is oversold around here..I would respectfully disagree. I think it is greatly needed especially in a public official. All residents deserve to be heard and treated in a civil manner.
Ms Marsh, I do not know why you imply there is a " civility " issue with our town governance. All of the board and commission meetings I have attended over the years have not exhibited a problem. We are a diverse group, wealthy retirees, to salty natives, and we express ourselves differently, but our BOS chairman has been very SUCESSFUL maintaining decorum in our meetings. I do not believe our governance has been " uncivil "
I don't think townie is disrespectful. I'd rather be called a townie than a native. Native reminds me of fish, native trout.
How will you represent the non-resident LAKEFRONT taxpayers who continually pay the bills in town and have zero representation on out of control spending ? What is your position on the Carroll County unfair assessments to Moultonborough and how will you advocate for change there ? How will you fight any attempt to reinstate donor towns ? What is your position concerning the proposed REC facility ? What is your position concerning an Budget/Finance Committee charged with preparing the town budget vs the current advisory committee we now have?
Who? Us?, I don't think Ms. Marsh implied there is a civility issue in our Town Governance, I believe she is just stating how she will conduct herself and why she feels that is important.
All good questions for Ms. Marsh... keeping it civil. I would ask "who? us?" what do you think was so civil about the way the PlanningBoardGate went down last summer with only ONE BoS member apologizing for their and the TA's witch hunt? CIVIL? They hoodwinked the taxpayer for months not wanting them to know who was the complainer. Unfortunately the one disappointing this townie observer in that whole mess was a "townie" who should have known better but he had a big dog in the fight. Townie or flatlander or whatever, candidates should have experience in management, administration and some town governance wouldn't hurt (one of the many boards is a good start). Someone who is not going to be a one termer and who does NOT have an agenda like another push for the community ctr that has been voted down by town meeting AND town surveys. My suggestion to Ms. Marsh would be if you don't get elected this time, talk with someone who you know will tell you the truth as to what you could have should have done better in your campaign AND get yourself on one of the boards or committees. I like that you have volunteered for the town and your respect for the taxpayer. And if you win the seat I look forward to a fresh face and new attitude on the BoS.
--> Who ? Us ? said...Ms Marsh, I do not know why you imply there is a " civility " issue with our town governance.I was answering a previous question and as stated by others, not meaning to imply that there is a "civility" issue. I am stating how I will conduct myself.
Thank you very much for the great questions! I am trying to use a format that states the author of the comment/question first so you know you are being answered. --> author comment/questionMy answerThank you!
Some of these comments have more than one question. I will separate them and and answer them individually to prevent confusion.
--> Anonymous said...How will you represent the non-resident LAKEFRONT taxpayers who continually pay the bills in town and have zero representation on out of control spending ?I will represent all residents equally. We all pay taxes and deserve representation. Why do you feel you have "zero" control in spending?
A non-resident taxpayer (I am one) is not allowed to vote. I vote where I am a resident and am just fine with that. However, I would agree that not being able to vote on issues concerning spending, which is done by residents or elected representatives of residents (e.g., BoS), equates to having no control over spending. Now you know that I can't vote for you, but I would like to hear your clear and concise responses to questions posed by others. It seems that so far that you are raising more questions than answers...I would like to add some questions if I may be so bold as to have a non-resident voice. Do you regularly attend BoS meetings? Provide your input regularly at meetings?BTW, I was born and raised in M'boro, but lost the Townie status (good thing you said that was not so important after all) when making a living was just not possible in M'boro or within commuting distance. Which spurs on another question: What are your thoughts on the aging and declining population of NH? Any thoughts on keeping/attracting younger, educated adults to M'boro?
There are some places in this country where non-residents are allowed to vote in municipal elections. But the locals will probably never give this right to those who are paying a lot of the bills. But we non residents and especially lakefront owners are hounded to death with over regulations that are passed by ballot or town meeting vote from the do-good boards, most of the time under the guise of protecting the lake. If the town wants gyms etc., then get on the same program as the state and charge user fees to cover the costs. Bet the locals/townies would have their knickers in a twist over that possibility....kind of like pay to play. If you use it, you pay for it. If I want to fish or hunt, as a local you pay a cheap price and as a non resident TAXPAYER I pay a huge amount. Well, lets play that game in reverse. We also see the stupidity of village sidewalk proposals, round-a-bouts in the village, and a rec. building as examples of town government out of control. You want our input, let us vote on local stuff only. !!!!!!!!!!!!
--> Anonymous said...A non-resident taxpayer (I am one) is not allowed to vote.I am so sorry I completely misread that part of your comment. I have no problems answering questions posed by non-residents. No I have not regularly attended BoS meetings. I completely understand how difficult it is making that choice to move because of work. I believe part of our growth needs to include ways to retain younger residents. There needs to be a balance in town. Our schools have a great reputation. This is one very important way. Other ways could include having a business friendly environment and keeping our (relatively) lower tax rate.
-->Anonymous said...How will you fight any attempt to reinstate donor towns ? I will do whatever is possible. I completely agree that every child deserves a good education. I do not agree with how they decided that should happen. Although I cannot seem to find the list of donor and receiver towns right now, I do remember reading some of the receiver towns (at the time) and thinking it was complete crap! They cannot bleed one town dry to revive another one.
Dear Coffee Party ( ? ) were you at last nights 3 hour marathon on the warrant and budget? What stood out?Ms Marsh, could you give us your view on what the towns two biggest issues are, and how you would guide us around them?Can you dedicate 30 to 40 hours a week to our town? That's what the job takes..
-->Anonymous Anonymous said...Ms. Marsh, what is your position on retaining the TA?I believe a town administrator is a needed position. The BoS and the TA form a system of checks and balances to each other.
Coffeeparty, just to claify your question to Ms. Marsh. Do you mean this TA, Carter Terenzini, or a TA in general?
Just FYI, this lady has been very open and courageous to post on this blog and take all he questions. She is the only one so far. That would be enough for me to vote for her...she has courage and is approachable. So let's go easy.............
"I believe a town administrator is a needed position. The BoS and the TA form a system of checks and balances to each other. "No offense, but ...The TA position is not a system of checks and balance. The TA is an administrative assistant (or is supposed to be) to the BoS. The position is not statutory. The TA is an employee, not a town official.If MoBo were an SB-2 town, and had an Official Budget Committee, there would be less of a need, if any, for a TA, especially with the excellent, present administrative staff.Good Luck, however, in your endeavor.
Posted at 9:10. Yes, Ms coffee party has been very open and courageous....but has not demonstrated any knowlege of town affairs. Your logic is how we got into this mess.
Help Us.. said...Ms Marsh, could you give us your view on what the towns two biggest issues are, and how you would guide us around them? Can you dedicate 30 to 40 hours a week to our town? That's what the job takes..I did answer the first of your questions in a previous post but I seem to be having some technical issues. Taxes and Growth – Taxes – Careful spending of any tax dollars. I am also a tax payer in this town. I do not want my taxes to go up any more than the rest of you. I will spend our tax dollars carefully and not without due consideration.Growth – I believe our town needs to be attractive to both businesses and families. The town needs to be business friendly. Businesses build our tax base and are not usually a drain on town services. With businesses come the people who own them. We need to make sure our town is attractive to these people as well. One thing that draws people to our town is our schools. They have a great reputation and this is something every parent wants for their child. They also want a town that is family-friendly and safe. All these things need to be considered in order for our town to grow in a sustainable way. As for the time commitment, yes. My work schedule is varied and can be somewhat flexible.
Kelly, thank you for volunteering your time.I am concerned that you have no experience in town government or even how it works. You need to come to meetings, get on committees and pay your dues. The selectmen have to make decisions each and every week and I for one want to be sure that the people I vote for are prepared to serve. How can I vote for someone that has never even uttered a comment at a public meeting or even ever attended one?
Candidates night is March 1st at the Lions Club. There are five BoS candidates. Turn out the past few years has been strong so I hope all candidates will come out and answer whatever questions are posed to them. 40% of the BoS will be replaced this year so this is an important decision.
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