On July 12, residents of Tusten will go to the polls to vote on a referendum as to whether the town board should be responsible for appointing the bookkeeper.
For decades, the four Tusten town council members and the supervisor have been working in harmony on decisions regarding the town. Each member of the five-member board brings a different perspective based on their education, occupation, family, and life experience.
In all economic climates, good financial oversight and accuracy insure financial stability. Tusten’s accountants, Cooper & Niemann, have consistently reported that our town is in good financial standing even with a full-time bookkeeper position. Last fall, during the budget-making process for this year, the board compromised and agreed to fund the bookkeeper position as a part-time position. At the first board meeting in January 2011, our supervisor surprised the board by not appointing a bookkeeper. It is vital that our town has a good bookkeeper to properly and accurately maintain the town’s financial records. The bookkeeper is the consistent position in town government that maintains financial records regardless of which supervisor gets elected every two years.
In keeping with the true meaning of democracy, no one board member should have sole say as to any appointment made in the town, especially for such an important position as the bookkeeper. The town board needs to fill the bookkeeper position now. Please vote “yes” on July 12 at the town hall from 12 noon to 9 p.m. to have the town board appoint the town bookkeeper.
[Michael Valenti is the husband of Karen Valenti, the former bookkeeper.]