May 20, 2018

Letters to the Editor

A huge thank you to
Mike and Heather Detch

As a local business owner, I understand how truly important great relationships are. We are so blessed to have a wonderful community full of customers, as well as wonderful partnerships and friendships with other local businesses around this amazing community. One of the proudest and fondest relationships we have is with Mike and Heather Detch. This past Sunday Dec. 15, they ventured out on a very snowy evening, to provide an amazing night of entertainment at our staff holiday party. They did this because of the kindness they have in their collective hearts, as well as the love they have for this wonderful town and the local businesses that reside here. I want to say thank you for not only what you donated Sunday night at our party, but for the amazing work you do for our Williston community. During this time of giving, I’m not sure if there is a greater Santa Claus than Mike Detch, his wife Heather and their staff. Thanks you guys for making our event the special evening it was. I am so proud to call you my friends.

Jeff Paul

Concerned about growing budget

I am writing about the deep concern of our growing town budget(s).

I moved to this town for the location, the community and the relatively reasonable taxes. The rising budgets and increasing full-time staffing positions are worrisome. The full-time EMS/ambulance proposal was soundly rejected in 2007. Avoiding a second vote, and against the will of the people, it was added by executive decision, and it was billed that it would pay for itself (with fees). Here we are six years later, and we are already trying to add additional full-time personnel and also discovering the fees are not covering the service. This effort needs to be stopped in its tracks before it just continues to grow (without voter approval). To pay for this and other programs, the town wants a 10 percent increase. The state is indicating that education property taxes may increase, and the upcoming state budget may have as much as a $60-$70 million deficit. My taxes are already over $5,000 a year. And as you may have heard, there are many other programs and initiatives that are looking for additional funding, which may follow. I worked with public safety for many years, volunteered as an EMT some years ago, and have the greatest respect for all they do. But we have to take a serious look at our expenditures and make some hard decisions. And we have to resist the temptation to accept those TEMPORARY federally funded positions, only to be stuck with the residual bill. I heard the arguments about response times without additional full-time staff, but most Vermont towns are staffed with volunteers. And although every town would love to have full-time staff, it is not within their budgetary constraints.

I love this town, and sincerely support our state and town employees. But this community and state are becoming completely unaffordable to live in, causing people to leave. Please think about this when you cast your vote.

Mike Mullin


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