Salem Community Patriot | November , 2011 - 3
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
Salem Tax Rate Spike and Selectmen Budget Direction
Selectmen added $5.24 for roads on town warrant for
March 2012. While current tax bills are due in December 2011,
ask this – are you happy with your tax bill? Guess what? Our elected selectmen are busy at work jacking up your 2012 tax rate. Selectmen Roth, Covey and Lyons are looking to raise your tax bill up to 16 to 18 percent. Te second deliberative session gave the selectmen the go ahead to tax us more. With a packed house, with more road construction at $5.25 million (time to end the second deliberative in March). Notice we had to pass door to door a signed 1,700 signatures on a warrant article to get rid of second deliberative session. Roth, Covey, and Lyons voted against this warrant article that was passed door to door. Meaning, they like the second session in a packed house. To have it their way. Not any more (this will be in the town ballot to remove it). Salem does not have that cash on hand to pay out $5.2 million, so the road will be bonded because the selectmen want it now. On your credit card. Why not, you’re paying the bill along with the cost of the bond with bank interest rates. And elected to tax you more and could have elected for the cheaper play. See below. Look at what selectmen Covey said on the Salem
Patch November 1. Covey said unfortunately there is a price to pay for living here, and that’s higher tax. And I’m willing to pay that tax. Tat’s the mind set of Selectman Covey. She is willing to tax us more if December 2011 was not enough. You can see what side she is coming down on. Not the poor that live in Salem or the folks that are just getting by or out of work. Not to mention the businesses that are driven away by higher tax. Did you know that the selectmen were given options
on road spending? Te finance director Jane Savastano presented the selectmen with options $3.3 million road construction or $5.25 million road construction. Roth, Covey and Lyons voted for the $5.25 million with two selectmen, Hargraves and Campbell, voting against it. Now you know why your tax is going up. Big spenders with your tax money. And don’t be misled by revaluations. You have three selectmen in office, all are inconfident. Tey’re running the taxpayer to the ground in bad times like this when jobs are hard to find with pay raises of less then 2 percent with business in Salem closing and moving on. Te Budget Committee, with the exception of one
board member, McDouggle, are just moving through the paces and doing nothing to cut back on spending. Watch Ch 23, they’re all yes people to high tax with words like “we have to have it,” and voting 7 to 1 to raise your tax. With Selectmen Roth on the Budget board, yes she is working both ends of the street to raise your tax. Ask yourself this on Election Day:
1. Do we need roads at $5.25 million when we can do it for $3 million with no bonds and no interest rate? Say no to the warrant article and the town operating budget. Make them cut back on spending now.
2. Do we need selectmen in office that are bent of taxing us at 16 to 18 percent. After we just got the December tax bill, say no; vote them out of office in March. Roth and Covey and Lyons in 2013.
3. Do we need a second deliberative session to over ride the town voting taxpayers in a packed house? Say no.
James Gill - Salem
Boys & Girls Club of Salem Needs to Raise Funds to Receive Grant
Recently, the Boys & Girls Club of Salem was selected by the Board of Governors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to receive a Capacity Building Grant for $10,000. Te requirements of this grant are that the Club staff attend Formula for Impact Training program, track participation of Club members, engage the Board of Directors and implement a Formula for Impact at the Salem Club. Te requirements will take a great deal of commitment and time from our dedicated team of professionals. As we commit to this challenge, we hope that the community will be able to help us with a 2 to 1 match as we need to raise $20,000 by December 31 to be eligible to receive this grant. “Our Formula begins with the young people in our Club. By implementing the Five Key Elements for Positive Youth Development, offering high-yield activities, providing targeted programs and encouraging regular attendance, young people are more likely to achieve positive outcomes,” says Michael Goodwin, Chief Professional Officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Salem. Your support and generosity is appreciated by all who walk through our doors. Working together, communities and Clubs can make a dramatic difference in the lives of our young people. We can give them the tools and support they need to graduate from high school and lead healthy lives. Our youth face serious risks in today’s world, but Boys & Girls Clubs offer solutions. Under the careful guidance and understanding of professional staff, Club members can participate in a variety of programs specifically designed to inspire and enable them to succeed. Please help us raise the funds necessary to satisfy the
requirements for this grant. For more information, call Denise Dolloff at the Boys
& Girls Club at 898-7709, ext. 16. Donations can be made through the Club’s Website: www.salembgc.com
or by mail: Boys & Girls Club of Salem, 3 Geremonty Drive, Salem, NH 03079.
Denise Dolloff, Boys & Girls Club of Salem - Salem
Congratulations, Tuscan Kitchen Te veterans and guests of this fine restaurant were
treated to a night to remember. My wife and I attended along with 1,100 other the veterans and guests on November 11, 2011, this in honor of Veterans Day. Te restaurant owner and excellent crew were very attentive to the needs of all their guests. In recognition of their military service, the Tuscan Kitchen on Main Street invited twice as many military
Excellence- continued from front page
Educator of the Year Michael Delahanty, Superintendent of Schools, Salem
George Duncan Award for Excellence MSI Mechanical Systems Inc., Salem As in the past those invited guests were treated to
cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres and welcomed by the Enterprise employees as soon as you touched the sidewalk at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. The keynote speaker, Chris Gardner, re-solidified
In the Business of the Year, representatives of Jackson Lumber & Millwork and Whittemore Company with presenter Gino Baroni
the characteristics that the Celebration of Excellence creates with his story of insurmountable odds over which he triumphed. An entrepreneur and the real- life inspiration for the Will Smith Oscar® nominated film, The Pursuit of Happyness. His story of homelessness to Wall Street success moved most was he explaining that his son was going to know him as his father. With 18 branches in Greater Lowell, the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire, our readers can see the Enterprise Bank’s community banking operations in their year old branch in Hudson and soon their Pelham office, or of course any of their other branches.
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folks in Salem over last year’s large attendance to this complimentary meal in their honor. We dined on the finest of food from appetizer to main meal and dessert. We veterans want to thank the effort put forth and many expressions of warmth by the staff. What a great gesture with no cost to anyone invited. Tank you again.
Ed Brooks - Salem Te Shelves
are now Filled at the Food For Te Hungry Food Pantry
November 12 was another successful food drive for the Scouts. A lot of work for many, many people but for a worthy cause. Te Food for the Hungry Food Pantry (which is a Mission of the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church in Salem) now has its shelves filled. We can always count on the generosity of the Salem community, even during these difficult economic time. Our people want to help our neighbors who are in need. Te turnout of volunteers was heart warming. It was a holiday weekend but people made time to come and sort out the food. Sally Perkins, our Coordinator, and all of us who
volunteer, would like to thank everyone who was involved in this drive. Te Scouts, their parents, those that worked at the Main Street Fire Station, the truck drivers, the young men and woman from the Boy’s Club, and those from the Hannah Tenney Church(to mention a few) - all of you made this drive a success. Another blessing is Marilyn Campbell from Te Scottish Highland Golf Course. She and all the golfers have provided enough turkeys for Tanksgiving and Christmas (116 of them) as well as over $400. Do you know how many pounds of food that we can buy at 18 cents a pound? My figures say, well over 2,222 pounds. Tank you, Marilyn, we will be forever grateful for your generosity and for this wonderful idea. Salem does have a community of “You are your
brother’s keeper.” May God bless each of you. Catherine Panciocco – Salem
Food For the Hungry Food Pantry Looking for Volunteers
Te Food For the Hungry Food Pantry at the
Pleasant Street United Methodist Church, 8 Pleasant St., has several openings for volunteers. If you are able bodied and want to be of service to others, we welcome you. You would be working with a great group of people (we are like a family). You meet wonderful people, are kept busy and still manage to have fun. You could volunteer once a month, Wednesdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. We encourage anyone that is unemployed or retired and want a useful thing to do, help us serve our community. You will be amazed at how uplifting and rewarding, being a volunteer can be. Please call 898- 2501 and leave a message at the church. We will return your call.
Catherine Panciocco – Salem
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