Sometimes I Wonder About Tiverton

Tiverton's Future

Sometimes I Wonder About Tiverton

I have lived in Tiverton for the past 25 years. I moved here because it was a beautiful community. As a child my family lived in the south end of Fall River, it was just a few miles but it seemed like a different world. For a period of time I have seen the town's appeal deteriorate due to high taxes and declining real estate values. Ask any realtor the good and the bad about Tiverton and it's a pretty sure bet- beautiful town with high taxes. More than anything else high taxes and spending has stressed our families and bitterly divided our community.

I have often wondered how the town could be better and I have concluded the following: a well thought out budget with long term goals and objectives would be the first step to reverse the negative connotations about moving a family or business into town. It seems to me the town council has started this process but the current budget committee has gotten little cooperation from the current budget committee which appears to have a partisan agenda. But just imagine how potential businesses and families would look at a town that consistently kept its budget well below the tax cap rather than regularly exceeding it, other towns regularly do it and I see no reason why Tiverton cannot achieve this. A well thought out budget along with a well-run school system and excellent community services such as our new library will benefit the entire community. Over the past 25 years I have witnessed budgets which have been bullied through at the financial town meeting and were not in the towns and taxpayers best interest. That behavior at the high school gym is what motivated me to get involved and help find a solution.

As a member of the Financial Town Referendum (FTR) committee I helped design a much fairer way for more people to cast their accurate vote and eliminate the show of hands which sometimes added up to more than the attendance in the gym. Opposition to the FTR cried foul, they told everyone who would listen the FTR would close schools and end after school programs, bottom line none of it happened and the FTR resulted in one of the lowest tax increases and highest participation rates I have seen in the past 25 years. Even with the tremendous success the FTR has had the same people have again resorted to scaring and telling voters them if they don't get their way schools will be closed, after school programs will be eliminated, etc. The same group stands ready to overturn the democratic voting system of the referendum and take a step backwards to the bullying which almost always got them their way in the past and put the town in the position it is now.

My name is Bob Gaw and I want to bring my small business skills and experience to the Tiverton Budget Committee. I ask you to imagine how the future of the town will look if our taxes double again in the next ten years like it did in the past ten. Now consider how the town will look if the Budget Committee started working with the town council and worked for the taxpayers and not against them Then we could keep taxes below the cap, become more business friendly, expand our tax base, and still offer excellent community services- that is my goal for the Tiverton BC and that will benefit everyone.

Bob Gaw

Candidate for Tiverton Town Council

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Tom November 05, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Bob, I'm confused. The budget that passed at the FTR was the Budget Committee proposal. The petitioner budget, submitted by Dave Nelson, was defeated. It called for a spending increase of 4.5%. How was this working against the taxpayers? Also, how do you feel about paying for a boat to pump out peoples waste from their sailboats and yachts when some people can't afford to pay their bills. Was it that important to buy the pump out boat? Why are we spending taxpayers dollars on this item when people are struggling. I would think we would be better off having people that can afford a boat to pay to pump their own waste. Also, seeing that you are running for the Budget Committee, how do you feel about the Town Council ignoring the budget that was passed at the FTR and buying the pump out boat anyway?
Just Another Taxpayer November 05, 2012 at 04:29 PM
The reason for why spending has averaged 2% over the past two years is due to the current Budget Committee. During the last budget cycle, the Town Council never met with the Budget Committee to discuss the 2012-13 municipal budget. If past budgets did go over the cap then they had to be approved by the voters. I guess voter input only matters if the majority agrees with the TCC dogma which is to pay no new taxes and try to privatize public education at all costs. The only reason why the School Committee discussed the possibility of having to close a school or to eliminate after school programs was as a result of Mr. Nelson's(TCC Leader and Town Council Member) proposed alternative FTR Budget which would have cut $600,000 from the School Department while at the same time increasing municipal spending by 4.5%. In other words, had Mr. Nelson not proposed such an irresponsible budget, then the School Committee would not have had to find ways to make for the $600,000 cut. My fellow residents will make their voices heard tomorrow. I have confidence that the vast majority of residents are finally tuned into what the TCC is all about by not voting for any TCC endorsed candidates for office.
TivertonTeacher November 06, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Bob Gaw sent all three of his children to PRIVATE school. He's not willing to open his wallet to help pay for public education.
TivertonTeacher November 06, 2012 at 05:25 AM
Well, at least he's not trying to run for school committee. Maybe he has some qualifications for budget committee unlike Ruth, Susan, and Justin who have absolutely no qualifications in education to run for school committee.
Bob Gaw November 07, 2012 at 01:36 AM
@ Tiverton teacher: You mention I sent my children to PRIVATE schools like it is a bad thing.Yes I did open my personal wallet and send my children to private school. One of the main reasons is I value education the same way teachers who are parents value education. Nation wide over 20% of public school teachers send their children to private schools, the second reason I did this was, at the time I was deciding this some of the Tiverton schools ranked below Central Falls in education. We are now moving in the right direction and it is important we continue to do so with good teachers and schools, this will help everyone, attract business and help with real estate values. Do the math, it cost the taxpayers over $10,000 per year to educate a child, I paid for 36 total years, saved the town that money AND paid my fair share of taxes. The budget committees job is to compile a budget that is best for the town. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2917392/posts
TivResident November 08, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Did PRIVATE school help your children succeed? How successful are they? You don't sound at all resentful for having to fund public education for 36 years. (that was sarcasm, if you didn't catch it. And by the way, It costs the town of Tiverton $6,683 per student, not $10,000., but the TCC doesn't care about presenting accurate information!
TivResident November 08, 2012 at 01:58 AM
And, quoting from a blog made up of a bunch of idiots does not make your information true.
Bob Gaw November 08, 2012 at 03:10 AM
TivResident November 08, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Bob Gaw November 08, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Looks like $9,703 in 2004
Bob Gaw November 08, 2012 at 01:35 PM
@TivResident. Looks like you are only interested in the salary line in your quoted study, I am not surprised at that. If you need help in analytical bottom line economics I will be glad to tutor you but that would mean you would have to revel your identity thus unable to take cheap shots at someones family and reveling your identity does does not appear to be your style. You obviously know who I am, I would be happy to discuss the successes of my children as you requested but I do not think this is the place for it and I will not be as rude and class less to ask you the same. I just hope you are not passing these traits and incorrect analytics to our school children.
TivResident November 08, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Don't worry Bob Gaw, I'm not a teacher and neither are you, thank god. I'll pass on the offer of learning TCC fabricated mathematics and economics, thanks for the offer. I learned the correct way to do math and think of others before myself while attending Tiverton schools. I'll apologize if you took offense to my question about your children, I did not mean to insult them. I was just wondering how private school provided them better opportunities than I received.
Bob Gaw November 09, 2012 at 02:23 AM
@ TivResident, interesting information but please let me correct you, I am not a member of TCC, they simply endorsed me. No offense taken about my children whom I am very proud of and their successes, just shows your lack of class to bring family into a conversation where it does not belong, especially since you believe you are anonymous. Regarding your math and economic knowledge, it is obvious you do not know what you do not know and it makes me feel better about the money I invested in my children's education. Finally in this small town it is amazingly ironic how secrets travel from friend to friend and person to person, at least now I know who you are even though you do not have the gonads to identify yourself.
Brain Mederble November 09, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Mr. Gaw, do mean to tell us you have done the Mr. Katz math?
TivResident November 09, 2012 at 11:34 AM
When you run for public office, you run the risk of people questioning you and your motives. I never said anything mean or unkind about your family. The next time we cross paths, by all means, say hello.
Bob Gaw November 09, 2012 at 03:25 PM
@ Brain your English makes no sense never mind your math. I rest my case.
Tom November 09, 2012 at 08:49 PM
They simply endorsed you!!! What did they throw a dart at a wall of candidates and your name got picked? You've got to be kidding!
Brain Mederble November 10, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Mr. Gaw, you seem very agitated and aggressive towards the same people you just asked for their vote. Did someone pee in your Metamucil this morning?


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