Mad math for Thorne

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The present administration of Thorne has, over the past 3.5 years, spent about $100,000 on legal expenses, to bring lawsuits against Thorne citizens. This is
taxpayers’ money, and has left Thorne without benefit. The main object of this
litigation parade is the Thorne Community Recreation Association, a volunteer

The present administration of Thorne has, over the past 3.5 years, spent about $100,000 on legal expenses, to bring lawsuits against Thorne citizens. This is
taxpayers’ money, and has left Thorne without benefit. The main object of this
litigation parade is the Thorne Community Recreation Association, a volunteer
organization which maintains and operates the TCRA building and grounds. It seems that a cadre of Thorne council think the TCRA should belong to them. As a show of ill will, council has refused to chip in for maintenance and expenses of the building partially occupied by the council office and meeting room. Meanwhile, those expenses are born by the volunteer community. So, when you attend TCRA fundraising events, you’re helping municipal council pay for their share of heat and lights.
When these policies have been questioned, the answers are trite talking points about Thorne being poor, over-taxed, and not owning its own building, and
therefore not eligible for vaporous grants; all untrue. Thorne is rich in natural beauty and has a gracious population showing pride in their community. That’s why people visit here, move here, live here. It’s a good place to be – perhaps the best place in the world.
For decades, council got along with the RA, and maintenance and expansion were undertaken, while living within the means of the municipality. The present administration chants the great alt-right mantra of Zero Percent Tax Increase, but that can only last so long. Taxpayers or residents, it’s the same people who will eventually have to pay for the current misguided spending spree.
Please contemplate these imbalances between now and the next election; can a regime that doesn’t pay for its own place of business handle the responsibilities of new buildings to house firefighting and road maintenance equipment, and eventually a municipal office?

Robert Wills
THORNE