Drake will be an excellent BET member

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

As a member of the RTM for the past seven years, I have had the pleasure of serving on the RTM’s Budget Oversight Committee (BOC) under the leadership of Bill Drake as committee chair.

The BOC has the responsibility to review the town’s annual budget and to provide reports and recommendations to the RTM. That process means it engages in significant interaction with the BET. Bill has capably led the BOC over the past four budget cycles and, from that experience, has gained a unique perspective on the town’s budget process, including the respective roles of the RTM and BET.

Bill is running for the BET in the Nov. 5 election. As BOC chair, Bill has championed budget policies designed to constrain the growth in local taxes and limit the accumulation of debt. As a BET member, I believe he would continue to pursue these two important objectives.

I also believe that Bill’s working style is well-suited to an effective working relationship with other members of the BET.  As BOC chair, he actively encouraged a vigorous exchange of views but always insisted that such debate be conducted with respect and civility.

In summary, Bill understands the important financial issues affecting our town. I believe he can be relied upon to do his utmost to transmit to future generations the town’s strong financial position, which is one of its great strengths.

As a Greenwich citizen unaffiliated with either party, I intend to cast my vote for Bill Drake for BET. I urge you to give him yours as well.

 

Michael Wacek
Greenwich

 

The author is a member of the Greenwich RTM.

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