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Second FTM

We’re now at 9:15 a.m., and the FTM hasn’t started because of sound issues and other instructions. I’ll try to post from time to time, throughout, but I’m going to be trying to do a lot during this time. The atmosphere seems pretty jovial among key participants, for whatever that’s worth.

We’ll see how things develop.

10:18 a.m.

The meeting has been much more civil, this week. So far the largest response that I’ve heard was sneering and mockery when I noted that Pallasch’s amendment amounts to $311 on the average tax bill, and that people who think that’s a lot of money are not “a cancer of the town.” The sneering came when I noted that $300 keeps me with contact lenses to wear on the construction site, is my annual Catholic Charities Fund donation, and is Christmas presents for my children.

That from people who take home six figures in salaries and benefits from the town.

10:30 a.m.

After some debate that probably covered all points of view pretty well (although not rebuttals), Tom Parker moved the question, and it moved handily. We’re now voting on the amendment. It looks very close.

10:41 a.m.

The motion passed, with 1,311 in the room, 564 voted “yea,” and 541 voted “nay.” There was, however question about whether part of the room was counted, and with two hundred people not voting, Bob Martin moved for a ballot vote. We’re now voting on whether to do that ballot vote.

10:49 a.m.

The possibility of a ballot vote failed to garner the necessary hand votes for approval. Town Council President Don Bollin is now moving a resolution to exceed the tax cap.

11:10 a.m.

Mike Burk moved to table the resolution until after all budgetary matters are settled. I actually spoke in favor, and we’re going to vote on the school budget, as amended.

11:19 a.m.

Per the resolutions passed last week, we are now voting on the Budget Committee’s recommendation as amended by Ms. Pallasch. It looks close, once again, so we may get another crack at this.We’re now at 9:15 a.m., and the FTM hasn’t started because of sound issues and other instructions. I’ll try to post from time to time, throughout, but I’m going to be trying to do a lot during this time. The atmosphere seems pretty jovial among key participants, for whatever that’s worth.

We’ll see how things develop.

10:18 a.m.

The meeting has been much more civil, this week. So far the largest response that I’ve heard was sneering and mockery when I noted that Pallasch’s amendment amounts to $311 on the average tax bill, and that people who think that’s a lot of money are not “a cancer of the town.” The sneering came when I noted that $300 keeps me with contact lenses to wear on the construction site, is my annual Catholic Charities Fund donation, and is Christmas presents for my children.

That from people who take home six figures in salaries and benefits from the town.

10:30 a.m.

After some debate that probably covered all points of view pretty well (although not rebuttals), Tom Parker moved the question, and it moved handily. We’re now voting on the amendment. It looks very close.

10:41 a.m.

The motion passed, with 1,311 in the room, 564 voted “yea,” and 541 voted “nay.” There was, however question about whether part of the room was counted, and with two hundred people not voting, Bob Martin moved for a ballot vote. We’re now voting on whether to do that ballot vote.

10:49 a.m.

Ballot vote failed. Town Council President Don Bollin is now moving a resolution to exceed the tax cap.

11:10 a.m.

Mike Burk moved to table the resolution until after all budgetary matters are settled. I actually spoke in favor, and we’re going to vote on the school budget, as amended.

11:19 a.m.

Per the resolutions passed last week, we are now voting on the Budget Committee’s recommendation as amended by Ms. Pallasch. It looks close, once again, so we may get another crack at this.

Some folks want to end the FTM, but I really don’t see how the townspeople could have an opportunity to be more effectively represented than by having to meet, argue, and vote multiple times on such matters.

11:27 a.m.

The school gets its money. Lawsuits are inevitable.

Some folks want to end the FTM, but I really don’t see how the townspeople could have an opportunity to be more effectively represented than by having to meet, argue, and vote multiple times on such matters.

11:56 a.m.

I’ve been having technical difficulties. We’re now in the midst of a vote to move the rest of the budget as requested by the Town Council. That’s $17,281,479, to the Budget Committee’s $17,030,072. That’s a 7.88% increase of the tax levy, bringing our tax rate to $15.40 (now $14.35). It passed 610 to 325.

12:21 a.m.

The taxpayer resolve that would have refunded additional money received by the state
for the car tax — a decrease was included in all calculations for this current budget — to taxpayers. Voted down. Every penny they can get, I guess.

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