Letter: Vital to protect Tiverton’s Financial Town Referendum

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To the editor:

The Financial Town Referendum (FTR) contains a provision that allows you, the taxpayer, the ability to file an elector petition. The provision ensures that taxpayers retain the ability to ensure that their voice is heard and not silenced by those who are not willing to listen.

I am concerned and appalled to hear that some candidates for the Charter Review Commission (CRC) want to eliminate the FTR and possibly even the Budget Committee altogether. This is a dangerous proposition because it directly attacks your right to file a sensible elector petition, restricting your ability to control how your hard-earned tax dollars are allocated and spent.

We need to elect individuals to the CRC who are willing to protect your right to be heard and who ultimately support the current elector petition provision of the FTR. We also would be wise to hold those individuals accountable who wish to cut the taxpayers of Tiverton out of the equation to “streamline” the process by ignoring accountability through proper checks and balances.

If elected to the Charter Review Commission I will fight for your right to be heard by challenging the attempts of those who wish to harm your ability to keep your taxes low and under control. Protect your right to an elector petition, protect your taxes, and protect our beautiful town of Tiverton.

Justin La Croix

Tiverton

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Justin La Croix

The names of those pushing eliminate the FTR and possibly the BC as well will be evident in the upcoming weeks ahead. I don't feel that it is necessary to blast individuals until they lock down their position on the issue but it I find it pertinent to mention when the idea is swirling.

And yes, when individuals flood the ballot box in support of their chosen FTR and overwhelming choose the electors petition like during the last FTR...as intended...I would say its a successful way for the majority of voters to pick a sensible option rather than having to accept an unreasonable budget prepared by a chosen few.

As far as my relationship to the "other Justin" we both live in Tiverton...I didn't realize sharing a common first name in today's society was a negative thing.

Also, thank you for your comment...would be nice to know who I'm addressing this question to..but impossible when you remain anonymous as the letter B. Any relationship to the second letter of the alphabet? You know, the one behind the A.

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Justin La Croix

My comment above was in response to someone going by the alias "B." Shortly after my response, they pulled their comment.

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