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3/12/2014 2:00:00 PM
Dresden Voters Say 'No' to Appointed Officers

By Charlotte Boynton

Nearly 90 voters turned out for a special town meeting in Dresden March 11 and voted 61 to 26 to reject the board of selectmen's recommendation to consolidate positions in the town office.

There was standing room only at Dresden's Powalborough Hall Tuesday evening for a special town meeting. About 90 residents took over an hour to decide a single article, voting to oppose selectmen's recommendations to change the positions in the town office. (Charlotte Boynton photo)
There was standing room only at Dresden's Powalborough Hall Tuesday evening for a special town meeting. About 90 residents took over an hour to decide a single article, voting to oppose selectmen's recommendations to change the positions in the town office. (Charlotte Boynton photo)
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The selectmen proposed combining the current offices of clerk and treasurer, changing that term of office from one year to three and making the position one appointed by the selectmen instead of being elected by popular vote.

They also proposed combining the office of excise tax collector and property tax collector to a single position of tax collector, also to be appointed for three-year term.

First Selectman Phil Johnston explained to the voters, the selectmen made this proposal in an effort to reduce costs of operating the town office by reducing the number of positions from four to two.

Resident Henry Lyons made a motion to table the article until the annual town meeting in June. Although there appeared to be much support to table the article, the motion failed when it came to a vote.

A subsequent motion for a secret ballot vote was approved.

During the discussion on the article, several residents said they saw no reason to change what had been working well for the town for over 200 years.

After about an hour of discussion on the article a motion was made to move the question, and it passed nearly unanimously.

After the meeting Selectman Johnston was asked if he had a comment regarding the result of the vote, he said, "It is what the voters wanted and that is it."




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