Friday, March 24, 2006

Fiscal Policy - good, bad, or indifferent?

Town Council Vice Chair Andy Upham brings up an interesting point when he says the Town of Gray needs a fiscal policy. Our town is really just a big business, providing services to all of us as "owners."

The downside to Upham's present policy appears to be that it would require so much time to crunch the numbers to arrive at conclusions. Or would it? Much of the information needed for Andy's proposed metrics can be easily captured throughout the year, and looked at whenever needed.

Reworking the policy to make it simpler seems to be a good solution. The fiscal policy is much like a map - without it we don't know where we have been nor where we're going.

Can we put this "map" into place without overwhelming our town staff? I'd like to think so.

Lynn Olson found problems with Andy's proposal, and I think her six years as a councilor gives her a good idea of how to fit a revised policy in to our existing government. Perhaps the council could benefit from her expertise and experience.

We have many other thoughtful people who can help revise the policy, and I hope they will share their ideas with the council.

What are your thoughts on this?

Nathan Tsukroff