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Joyce was right to question fire budget

Joyce was right to question fire budget

Plotterkill Fire District certainly deserves the town of Princetown’s support, but not as a politica

Plotterkill Fire District certainly deserves the town of Princetown’s support, but not as a political wedge. It has always meant so much to the people of Princetown and always will, especially to me, as my father was one of its founding members.

Our family continually makes memorial contributions to the district when a family member or friend passes on, and we have donated hundreds of dollars over the past few years out of respect for them. I personally don’t understand why such a huge issue has been made of our Supervisor Mike Joyce simply asking why Plotterkill’s budget is so much higher than the other three districts that provide service to us. He has never said monies wouldn’t be provided. He is just doing his job as CFO while planning the town’s budget.

When something stands out as irregular, isn’t it normal to question why? Anyone doing a good job would be remiss to just overlook such a thing. We do it with our own personal budgets. The Duanesburg Fire District 2016 Budget was sent to Princetown, accompanied with a very cordial letter stating it was approved by the commissioners on Sept. 15, and, “I hope you find it satisfactory. We did the best we could and stayed well within the .073 percent tax cap.”

This is how good business is conducted within communities. To make such a political issue out of a simple question is unconscionable, and it makes one wonder what the problem is with showing a budget to the town from which it's seeking funding. Mike Joyce has done the best anyone could as Princetown’s supervisor and CFO, and this is just another example of the many obstructions he’s had to deal with.

Let’s put an end to this and see it for what it is — purely political. Don’t be misguided by it as anything else.

JANICE SHAFER

Princetown

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