There simply is no excuse for not voting. None. Get off your duffs and get out and vote. It takes all of about 15 minutes once a year and twice a year when there is a presidential election. You have more control over your local government than you do over those who represent us in Washington. Your local government is accessible, your federal government is not. When your local government raises your tax rate to the point that you can no longer afford to enjoy your quality of life, vote them out of office. What power you have in your single vote! My husband won my vacated seat as Derry’s District 1 town councilor by one vote. Clearly each and every vote counts.
Derry taxpayers are fortunate to have Mark Osborne who is running for town councilor at large and Tom Cardon who is running for District 2 town councilor. These two gentlemen are committed to working hard to reduce Derry’s tax rate. Please vote for Jeri Murphy for School Board, who voted against raising the School Board’s proposed budget by over $800,000 dollars. Clearly these three candidates want to make Derry more affordable for everyone, not just those individuals who make over $100,000 per year.
Again, the election takes place on Tuesday, March 12. The polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Districts 1 and 3 vote at Pinkerton Academy. District 2 votes at Calvary Christian School, and District 4 votes at the Gilbert H. Hood Middle School. There are plenty of volunteers at each polling place who will assist you in the voting process should you require it.
Let’s send a message on March 12 to our local government and School Board, that Derry’s citizens are mad as heck over our current and proposed tax rate and we are no longer willing to allow fewer than 10 percent of our registered voters to determine the financial future of our town and that of our citizens.