On the eve of town meeting, Advisory Committee member Al Hamilton has unexpectedly resigned. Hamilton, a frequent commenter on this blog, has been outspoken on a number of topics, including spending down the stabilization fund and closing underutilized town buildings.
In an email, Hamilton explained his decision.
There is an old adage “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” This year I had hopes that the impending financial crisis would finally be the impetus for dealing with some of the Town’s ineffective and wasteful practices with the budget as the vehicle for making hard choices. I regret that my expectations were not met.
After 10 years on budget committees I think it is time for someone else to take up the burden and I have resigned, effective today, from the Advisory committee.
I have enjoyed my time on the Advisory Committee debating and discussing important issues. I admire and respect each member of Advisory whether I agree with them or not. Their long and often unheralded service to our community is an example of unselfish service. They have my gratitude and respect.
I suspect you have not heard the last of me. I took my soap box with me.
The Advisory Committee’s nine members are appointed by the town moderator. Their primary charter as a finance board is to make recommendations on budgets and warrant articles to town meeting voters.