By Peter Reuter Special to the Lisbon Reporter
The foundation of ANY relationship, be it friendships, marriage, mechanics, public servants, Priests, Police, or pets, is TRUST. If for any reason that is broken a vast array of events occur that lead to nothing more easily verbalized as BETRAYAL. Here are the words as defined by just about any dictionary standards.
History has proof of this occurring multiple times in Lisbon. To zero in on target let us not forget the public display of insubordination by Lisbon's Chief of Police, David T. Brooks at the Town Council meeting of February 17, 2009. A complete staged verbal display of inaccurate facts, LIES. Now more recently the reassessment process that has turned into a complete display of non-performance of a contract which was orchestrated by Lisbon's previous Town Manager, Stephen G. Eldridge. And the entourage that not only hired him but protected him from the tasks that he was entrusted to handle. Yet we have learned of significant discrepancies in his ability to present complete budgets to the Town Councilors and Citizens to approve.
Now we Lisbon residents find ourselves in another type of quandary dealing with the School Budget and Municipal Budgets. Betrayal of Trust has already occurred when the citizens were asked, via the voting process, if they wanted to vote on the Municipal Budget much like they do already on the School Budget. Except the Town Councilors at that moment in time betrayed the trust of the people by not proceeding with the wishes of the voters. It was unanimous that people did in fact want to vote on the Municipal Budget. But Councilors have played "pin the tail on the voters" and have broken the trust with the rules of the game.
The importance of this second "go around" of School Budget discussions is very significant and needs not to be taken lightly by the voters. The power is still in the voters hands when it comes time to vote. In the mean time we ALL must be informed of the facts and voice our concerns. It is the last bit of Democracy this town has.
For the discussion process at Lisbon Community School, people need to first attend then speak up about concerns no matter what they are. The future of Lisbon lies in the youth of the community and the adults that have to pay taxes to provide a proper educational environment. We all know there can be significant cuts in an already grossly over-financed Police budget that could ease the burden on taxpayers and save a lot of cuts that will occur if the School is forced to cut their budget. Mr. Green and staff have done a remarkable job preparing and informing the citizens already. It is time to hold the Town Councilors accountable to their "sworn duties" and principles that they were voted into office on.
Why do we need to have our own Communications Center?
Why do we need such a lavishly funded Police Department?
Lisbon is "a great place to live and do business." And it could be so much better if TRUST could be regained for the people by their Public Servants. Until then the voter's only control is on the vote for the School Budget. If you don't like it vote it down again.
At least attend this Round 2 Public Hearing and learn first hand about the facts.
God Bless and Good Luck!