To the editor:
On June 11, the town of Peru has the unique opportunity to cast its vote for a highly qualified candidate named Bonny DiTomasso as selectwoman. Bonny is running against incumbent Chairman Verne Leach, who has been on the Select Board for three years after running unopposed.
Bonny is a diligent worker, and I am confident that she can correct the financial disarray that Peru has been in under Chairman Leach's reign. During this time period the property tax in town has increased 24 percent and the current tax rate is $20.15 per $1,000. Peru is the second-highest taxed town in the Berkshires! I look forward to Bonny restoring some fiscal sanity to Peru.
Bonny has experience writing grants, which is something that has been missing in Peru for years. Bonny wants transparency and to keep people informed by having a town website, which will be a great asset. Peru is one of only four towns in the commonwealth not to have an official town website. Bonny would welcome the public's input and suggestions at board meetings, where the public is currently restricted from speaking unless they are on the agenda.
At last week's annual town meeting Select Board member Bruce Cullett was left to handle questions from the public as Chairman Leach remained quiet for most of the evening and had not much knowledgeable information to contribute. Even as some issues became contentious the chairman sat by idly and seldom assisted Cullett with any matters discussed.
Thankfully Cullett handled all questions in a professional manner. Selectman Cullett is a stand-up guy and an honorable man who deserves to have a more knowledgeable board member to help him run the town appropriately. Collectively as a town we deserve better, too. I respectfully ask that you vote for Bonny DiTomasso for Select Board, as she is a trustworthy and forthright person.
Joseph Kaminski, Peru