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Posted: Saturday, January 11, 2014 7:30 pm | Updated: 3:33 pm, Mon Jan 13, 2014.

We (the Town of Gilbert) are not blessed with two members of the council that have some confusion as to what their job really is. Mr. Taylor and Mr. Peterson appear to have no real grasp as to what their job is, they are supposed to be looking out for the best interest of the taxpayers of the Town of Gilbert. That means to lessen the burden on us taxpayers.

One problem arose when the town received a federal grant for around $400,000 to run the senior center. This is the usual sum the town receives to run the center with no cost to the taxpayers.

Now comes Mr. Taylor and Peterson, who want to not accept the grant. This would mean the either the town would pick up the cost or close the center. To provide funds to run the center would really put a strain on the town’s budgeted money.

Luckily, the other members of the board voted to accept the money. Good for them.

Oh, but these two guys are not done yet. The head of the CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Team) received another federal grant for $47,000. To help off-set the expenses to running this volunteer group. Again, the Taylor, Peterson duo voted no to accepting this money. Alternative, the funds come from the budget or the CERT group has to do without much needed equipment.

Mr. Taylor and Peterson have pretty much voted to not take federal money every time it is offered. Now that money is from me and every taxpayer in Gilbert have already paid, so why not get it back? To call these men ‘fools’ or ‘idiots’ gives a bad name to fools and idiots.

Mr. Taylor and Peterson need to make a decision to leave the “Good Book” at the door of the council chambers and start working for us taxpayers of Gilbert. The other members of the council have done that to a great extent. The other option is to resign from the council.

In reading the Dec. 22 edition of this fine paper, I see that the Chandler council voted for a pay raise. The problem is that one of the dissenters from the audience was a Chandler resident named Victor Peterson. Unless there are two Victor Petersons, one living in Chandler, the other in Gilbert, how can a Chandler resident be on the Gilbert board?

Larry Taggart


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