Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


July 12, 2012

Letter from ex-member: Finance Committee must raise uncomfortable questions

FinCom must raise uncomfortable questions, says member who was not reappointed

Editor, Townsman:

I enjoyed serving the town of Andover on the Finance Committee for the last 17 months. I believe in the role of the FinCom as the "watch dog" for the taxpayers.

I was informed that I was not reappointed on July 3 and have received over 100 emails, phone calls and texts from residents regarding my departure and I thank them for their support.

We serve on the Finance Committee at the pleasure of the town moderator. As the moderator explained in an email to me on July 3, I was appointed to complete the term vacated by Steve Stapinski and she had a number of equally or more qualified candidates to fill my seat. I respect her decision.

I hope the questions I raised, many of which made elected officials and town management uncomfortable, continue to keep the focus on the long-term financial issues of the town. The town must address the quarter billion dollars in retirement liabilities with a realistic action plan. I think the taxpayers also deserve a 10-year capital plan so we can make informed decisions regarding new projects presented at Town Meeting.

During my term I made many friends on the various boards and in Town Offices. I wish them all the best as they take on the challenges in Andover's future. I intend to stay involved through a blog, twitter, letters to the editor, and OpEd pieces with the future of Andover always at the forefront.

Gregory Rigby

131 Rattlesnake Hill Road

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