Whoever is happy will make others happy too.
Dighton's Annual Town Meeting took place on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Voting taxpayer of Dighton, Massachusetts, were YOU there?
That annual meeting was a sad commentary on our town situation - where was everyone??
Dighton has 4,788 registered voters.
The meeting voted in a budget of about $15.7 million for FY2014 (of which $9.4 million is for schools - where they did excellent work and held the line on spending to a less than a one percent increase this year, but where we presently have NO Superintendent, No High School Principal and NO business agent, and our schools are filled to capacity plus.)
There were 54 taxpayers in attendance to vote that annual budget.
My thanks to those who did attend and participate!!
Accordingly, there are another 4,734 voters whose taxes are controlled by these 54 annual town meeting votes. Sad, Sad, Sad!!
Do your taxes make you unhappy? Were you at the meeting? If not, please don't complain.
Our officials work all year to try to address Dighton's needs in a cost effective manner. They present their results at town meetings, and we as taxpayers have a responsibility to support or not support and question their efforts at those town meetings if we are to control our town's destiny.
But I must also say that most folks probably did not know about the annual town meeting, either. No sign was posted outside the Town hall announcing the annual town meeting, and lots of people get their info from that sign these days - we don't have newspaper coverage anymore, and many folks still don't have the internet and not everyone watches local cable. (And I personally sent a request to the Gazette to announce our meeting beforehand, with absolutely no response from them and no announcement, either! The Taunton Gazette no longer covers Dighton - they eliminated the Dighton correspondent's position completely early this year! We can no longer rely on the newspaper after more than a century of being able to count on them for local news.)
Yes, the required legal notice was printed in the Taunton Daily Gazette - the town pays a substantial amount for this printing of our warrant -- it is required by law; but I believe that few people read the legal notices, and those who do probably do not mark their calendars with the dates provided therein. Folks are busy -- they need a reminder in the form of some widely available public notice close to the meeting date. We did not have that extra public notice this year.
Anyway, that's enough politics today. Sorry about that, everyone - I'm just darned mad!! Our town has issues and we need to address them, and the biggest one is MONEY! Town meetings provide our opportunity to address those issues, so we taxpayers need to attend town meetings to ask questions and take action, but we cannot act if we do not know that there is a meeting, and it seems that most people did not know about this one!!
Submitted by Myrna Santos