I find many letters recently printed regarding the election in Silt very interesting. Some of the information in them is uninformed at best.
I, along with three others, Bryan Fleming, Paul Taylor and Dave Moore, are currently running for seats. Although we have different personal and political backgrounds, and we disagree on many issues, we completely agree on the problems facing the town of Silt. We also offer solutions. It is very nearly comical to see our plan referred to as “smoke and mirrors,” yet the author who did so had not one solution to the problems facing the town. Euphemisms and idiomatic expressions won’t solve a single challenge facing Silt.
We project a $275,960 General Fund budget deficit, with projected revenues of only 1.7 million dollars. The deficit expenditures will come from our meager, hard earned reserve. It is being spent on excessive, unnecessary operating expenses rather than capital improvements. This is financially irresponsible – a microcosm of what is happening on the Federal level. We propose to eliminate the excess, and focus our reserves on improvements to our town – curb, gutter and sidewalk where necessary for safety, a skate park, a stage for summer concerts and improvements to our parks. These issues have no basis in any individual party or movement – not the Democrat Party, Republican Party, Tea Party, or even a Garden Party or Tupperware Party.
Let’s cut the silly euphemisms and provide solutions. The SOS candidates are proposing real solutions to real problems.
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I am asking the people of Silt to place me on the board of trustees because I want to be part of the solution. The citizens of Silt must realize any progress or improvements to our town will not come from any one person, or group claiming to save the town from ruin. It will take the efforts of many to accomplish this task, yet without the participation and support from the community, things most likely will remain stagnant.
Garfield County’s Comprehensive Plan 2030 identifies our area where future growth in the county will occur in the next 20 years. We must plan for this in a deliberate and sensible manner. Our absence of a healthy sales tax base combined with the collapse of the home building sector has hobbled our town’s finances. We must find the delicate balance of providing services, inviting smart growth, while locating sources to help fund new projects. This will have to be done with finesse, creativity and innovative thinking.
It is glaringly apparent, the soap opera drama which occurs at our town board meetings, must stop. A transfusion of new attitudes is critical to restore sensibilities and order necessary for the town staff and board to work together. You can’t expect different results from the same thinking that created the problems in the first place.
I know that I, with Meredith Robinson as mayor, Bob Shivley and Bobby Hays, our current trustees on the board, town staff and the concerted effort of many, we can make Silt a “Simply Irresistible Little Town.” We are grateful for your support.
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