continued If elected, the only leverage the town board has with the highway superintendent is to cut the largest budget in the town, hurting the town’s taxpayers, not the superintendent. If appointed, he reports to the town board, and they can ensure that he’ll always act in the best interests of the taxpayers. The board is ultimately responsible for the operation of all town government functions. The board should have all the tools necessary to assume that responsibility.
If elected, a superintendent can refuse to work with neighboring municipalities, instead imposing his own personal agenda on the taxpayers. If appointed, the town board can ensure that he works to pave the way for shared services or highway consolidation with Baldwinsville and Van Buren.
The Baldwinsville Central School District is second to none in the county, in part because the village and town taxpayers elect a school board, which in turn appoints a school superintendent, business manager, facilities manager, etc. Should we instead elect people to these positions also? Imagine the same job requirements for the school district or even your own business. Please vote yes on the Nov. 6 for our town board to appoint our highway superintendent.
Bruce Reeves is the former Lysander Highway Superintendent (2005-12).