Tryon’s council, mayor taking proper approach to budgetary needs

Published 10:00 pm Tuesday, April 7, 2015

To the editor:

At the last monthly meeting of the Tryon Town Council a proposal was made by Councilman George Baker designed to address and important issue. Mr. Baker, noting the dangerous status of many of the sidewalks in the town and the absence of sidewalks in some areas, called for the town to conduct a comprehensive study of these needs in order to craft a process for finding the necessary resources to meet them. This is the proper way for governing bodies to approach budgetary needs.

Mayor Jim Wright has written several columns in the Tryon Daily Bulletin reflecting the same sound approach to addressing community needs. In his case, he has been informing town citizens about the trials and tribulations of our water and sewer system, pointing out various options available and the possible consequences in each scenario.

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Taxpayers should be pleased with the direction being pursued by our town council. No one enjoys paying taxes, but there is no such thing as a “free lunch,” no matter what some politicians may try to claim. What is really important for taxpayers is access to accurate and clear information about needs as well as solid evidence that budgetary decisions are being made with care. That seems to be the case with Tryon’s current government.

Olin Sansbury