Whether you like everything he did or not, at least you know John Clarkson stepped up to the plate. He cut spending and made do with less tax revenue that was the result of the end of Selkirk Cogen pilot payments. Even after all that cutting, property taxes had to go up some last year to cover part of the huge loss from Selkirk Cogen. None of this was easy, and that’s why there were over 20 public meetings to talk through the budget issues. He didn’t hide from the problem, and he dealt with it squarely and openly. As a result, the town is in good financial shape this year. The town will be below the tax cap again, but town employees will be able to get a 2 percent cost of living bump. That’s good management, and that’s just what we need.
Everything John has done is about saving money and maintaining services. I know you’ll hear from people saying they can do better, but none of them stepped up and took responsibility last year when we needed it. John Clarkson did, and that’s why he’ll get my vote.