Providing a fresh look at Peru's finances
To the editor:
Peru's annual town election is this Saturday, June 11, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Peru's budget needs to be addressed in depth and controlled responsibly. Some changes that need to be made will be necessary to keep Peru financially stable in the future.
The constant increase in our tax bills is detrimental to the quality of Peruvian life and driving our market values down. The repeated excuse by our past and current officials that Peru has too much nontaxable, state-owned land is getting old and unjustified. Peru has less state-owned land than some of the neighboring towns, which manage to keep their tax bills at an affordable level.
A fresh look outside the box at what we are paying for and how we are paying for it is long overdue. Peru is financially supported by each and every taxpayer and as a voter you have the final say at town meetings and elections on the source of funding and management.
The Select Board is trusted to be a significant and important player in managing the day-to-day operations of the town and the voters should be able to rely on their representation to be in the town's best interest. I can assure the voters that I can fulfill those expectations responsibly. I believe that it is a necessity for the Select Board to work collaboratively with the other boards and committees in Peru and I look forward to doing so. My track record for commitment and reliability can work as an asset to the town as well as my devotion to see the town of Peru thrive in the future.
I humbly ask for your vote on Saturday as a member of the Peru Select Board and your vote as a write-in candidate for the Peru Planning Board. I will proudly and eagerly serve the town of Peru.
Kimberly Wetherell, Peru