LETTER: Reject the referendum, retain rights

Responsibilities of the Highway Department and Water/Sewer Department are substantially different therefore, the offices should remain separate. Don’t let unsubstantiated murky rhetoric about cost effectiveness and functional efficiency deceive you. No cost savings will be realized since an appointee’s salary may be higher if the supervisor deemed it “necessary,” and a civil service position may be created at a higher salary grade level. The supervisor may determine the commissioner of public works deserves a pay raise based on oversight of two departments. Sharing equipment doesn’t result in efficient operations, it necessitates replacing worn out equipment more frequently. The way employees perform their jobs improves efficiency without cost to taxpayers.

Is it the supervisor’s intent to have as few voters as possible participate in the election? Voters aren’t accustomed to April elections. One polling site with little parking at Town Hall for everyone is inconvenient for a majority of voters especially elderly and incapacitated citizens. The ability to pick up absentee ballots is restricted to five days during limited odd hours at Town Hall.

Don’t allow his tactics and deliberately planned obstacles deter you from defeating this power grab. Keep elected officials in the public domain. When voting is made more difficult it shows the individual cannot compete on the merits. The “great and powerful Oz” is not who we need supervising Bethlehem.

George T. Harder


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