Ben Blinder started a blog when he ran, unsuccessfully, for Town Council last year. It has morphed from campaign platform to intermittent musings about life in Verona, and he put up a post yesterday that bears reading as Verona considers its options on budget and government matters.
It concerns three issues Blinder raised in the Town Council campaign 18 months ago: the need for an open, accessible government; fiscal discipline and accountability; and clarity and communication on the revaluation. As well as a fourth that affected the outcome: abysmally low voter turnout. Here’s what he wrote yesterday, in part:
…(B)efore we are faced with a public outcry of discontent in August 2011, I urge everyone in Verona to vote in the next election — and EVERY election thereafter — to make your voices and your feelings known while it still matters and can change things for the better. Even better, please volunteer your time for a township committee or commission, please come to the Council meetings, and please be an active participant in the community. You will not be disappointed and you WILL make a difference.
You can read Ben’s full post here.