A conflict of interest
Editor of the Reformer:
To reduce taxes the Police-Fire Project funds can be redirected to other capital projects. Brattleboro Common Sense informed the Select Board of this on multiple occasions, but he board declared that the bond money absolutely had to be spent on the project as it was and could not be redirected. With this misinformation the board made the PFP seem inevitable. The board also banned discussion of this during the budget meetings after the referendum in 2014.
When it became convenient in March, suddenly the board agreed with Brattleboro Common Sense and proposed to redirect the PFP funds from renovation to new construction. What's more, as reported in the Reformer ("Town breaks ground on Part 1," Aug. 5), the board will use unauthorized tax money for new offices for the Reformer. RTM didn't vote on this, the people didn't vote on this, and it's a conflict of interest. Town government should not have power over a newspaper entrusted to report the truth on town government. Brattleboro people have every right to be outraged.
Kurt Daims, Brattleboro, Aug. 5