Letter: Please vote on Saturday

To the Editors:

Please participate in the Wilton Annual Town vote Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Clune Center at Wilton High School.

Wilton has a town meeting form of government, which provides the opportunity as well as the expectation and responsibility for residents gathering as a group to address the needs of the town.

Many New England towns have moved away from this form of government, but Wilton recognizes the value of direct citizen involvement.

This form of government depends on participation. Our town charter requires that 15% of the electorate vote for a budget for it to be voted down. Last year the majority of voters rejected the budget! However, because we did not hit the 15% threshold of voter participation, the budget automatically passed.

We just had a presidential primary election with turnout for Republicans at 50% and Democrats at 58%. Last fall we had a municipal election with about a 37% voter turnout.

Many volunteers invest countless hours serving on town boards such as selectmen, finance and education. Respect the work they have done; come and vote to support our town and school budgets.

I urge you to vote yes, but the important thing is to vote!
Deborah McFadden, Chairman
Democratic Town Committee
Wilton, May 3