Town Selectmen Vice Chairman Paul Currie said that he is concerned about the effects of closing the library and the Council On Aging. “It saddens me that the library and the Council On Aging would be closed,” he said. “There are a number of young people and a big population of the elderly who use the library. Not all elderly people have access to computers. A lot of the elderly depend on the Council On Aging to get to doctors’ appointments.” Currie said that the town is in an overall bad financial situation and the proposed override is a temporary fix.
Selectmen Chairman Paul Stigas said there is a lot of misinformation floating around relative to the town’s budget woes, adding that the town’s financial crisis and likelihood of massive service cuts are real. He also said it would ultimately be up to the voters if the library and Council On Aging stay open. “If the town doesn’t want the library, so be it,” he said.
“Let me tell you, the sky is falling,” he said. “It’s no joke. We’re not blowing smoke.”