More representation on the Board of Selectmen?
Most of our communities have a Board of Selectmen that is comprised of three members.
I contend that if we were to increase that number to five, we might create a better (not to mention more diverse) board.
We would have more ideas and discussion on how to deal with our local issues.
More people would have the opportunity to serve their community as a Selectman.
First Selectmen would have to consider more options and work to gain the support of the board before moving forward.
It is typical that the First Selectman usually has one Selectman that belongs to his/her party and tends to rubberstamp the leader’s ideas.
The other Selectman is powerless to make change in this scenario, thereby rendering the opposing point of view mute.
A larger board would potentially give more voice to other opinions on town issues.
Considering the size of budgets and all of the matters our town governments are handling today, would it not be wise to have more representation and diversity on our Boards of Selectmen?
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