May 30, 2024

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Town meeting rejects finance committee change, bottle ban

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Town meeting rejects finance committee change, bottle ban

The wastewater setting up report passed, the continued renovation to the senior center passed, the union contract negotiations and Community Preservation Act grant to invest in land at Tobey Farm all passed at the Dennis city assembly this 7 days. But a third time was not the attraction for some proposals.

After once more, a citizen petition to change the composition of the Dennis Finance Committee from all appointed to the greater part elected was place ahead. It unsuccessful, 159 to 375.

The report sparked a great deal of dialogue about the committee. All seven members are appointed by the city moderator. The committee examines monetary article content, and, with the find board, they draw up the town spending plan. This is not unusual the greater part of town finance committees work exactly this way. The article proposed four elected and three appointed associates, so the city voters would have far more say in the town price range. But why?

Cynthia Stead

The finance committee is from time to time imbued with pretty much magical powers to control spending. But the Dennis Finance Committee mirrors the electorate, who have voted once more and yet again for warrant articles that keep shelling out at a least and retain the most affordable tax rate feasible. The committee is advisory, and its belief can and has been dismissed by town conference voters. But overall it was a terrible evening to attribute them with Svengali-like powers in an exertion to persuade city conference voters not to expend funds.

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