My Vote Is To Eliminate EPURA
To The Editor:
A recent letter stated that EPURA had a long list of projects for the future. If this new list is anything like the list that was provided to support the EPURA renewal, it is a simple bait and switch list. Prior to EPURA being reapproved by the town, a study was performed to identify areas of downtown that were deficient and needed work. This resulted in a list of potential projects that were touted by EPURA at the time as to what they would be doing if reapproved. Public meetings were held primarily to solicit support by the other Taxing Authorities (Library, Hospital, et. al) but those authorities opposed the renewal of EPURA. Of course the town fathers did not listen to those inputs because EPURA represents a large source of funds that they can use without restrictions.
Immediately after EPURA was reapproved, that list disappeared from EPURA discussions (as demonstrated by the minutes of EPURA meetings) and was replaced by the fairground grandstand project which had not been mentioned previously. If this is not the classic bait and switch technique, please explain what it is.
I submitted a list of questions shortly after the public hearings were held last year since EPURA did not have the time to answer questions during the public meeting. None of those questions were answered until very recently and the answers were simply “we do whatever the town tells us to do.” I have attended several EPURA meetings and was surprised that instead of discussing the projects that were on the table at the time, they deferred that discussion until they received “instruction” from the town as to which ones were to be implemented.
I cannot and will not support an organization which I believe used questionable tactics in its reauthorization efforts and did not respond to questions that were submitted as requested by EPURA at the public meeting. I will be voting YES to eliminate EPURA on January 12.