Cahill will freshen up stale Dalton government
To the editor:
Dalton is lucky to have a candidate of Margaret Cahill's experience and abilities running for Selectman in May. As Margaret points out, our town is burdened with a limited tax base and fading revenue. Instead of considering tightening the belt when she brought her concerns before our current Select Board, members voted themselves a raise at their next meeting.
In the recent past, they have not followed up on important grants and vital infrastructure needs. There has often been a lack of transparency and communication as well.
Margaret has been a public school teacher, executive director of a family service agency and a corporate manager. Since moving to Dalton with her husband in 2010, she has chaired the Dalton Council on Aging, been the treasurer of the Dalton Cultural Council and served on the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. Much of her professional and volunteer work has involved developing budgets and accomplishing complex goals.
Like many of us, she wonders if compensating Selectmen and providing them and their families with lifelong health benefits on top of paying for a town manager is too much of a burden for local taxpayers. She has even developed an article calling for Selectmen to forgo their stipends and benefits that will be up for a vote at the annual town meeting in May.
Her bold yet practical actions would be a breath of fresh air to open up our stale town government. Please join me in voting for her.
Cheryl D. Nelsen, Dalton