To the Editor:
As Election Day approaches, our thoughts turn to: Who can help to make our community the best community possible?
Many people work diligently at that objective, but today one stands out above all in focusing on our greatest needs. That is Oak Ridge’s competitiveness, financial stability, and its goal of being a high-quality affordable community.
Trina Baughn has the focus, intensity, and the ability to analyze and understand our complex debt and spending issues that continue to plague Oak Ridge.
Today, these problems continue to get worse and few on Council have the desire, or the ability, to fret out the details of these issues. She has demonstrated her effectiveness in identifying and communicating both municipal and school system financial pitfalls.
Additionally, she is a superb communicator both verbally and through written articles.
Today, our School Board continues to take unjustified actions that will significantly increase both costs and your property taxes. The board is trying to commandeer voter-directed funds and commitments based on false premises and unfounded accusations.
This board has budgeted $100,000 of the school’s budget for what will be a protracted, expensive, unjustified legal fight of their choosing. These are funds that should be spent on teaching, not on lawyers. Trina Baughn is the right person to seat on City Council, so she can monitor and respond to this ensuing lawsuit.
I encourage you to vote for Trina Baughn. She will provide a voice on City Council that is capable and articulate when addressing Oak Ridges’ most pressing and persistent problems.
To better protect our Oak Ridge, vote for Trina as she is committed to preserve both the quality of life and to improve Oak Ridge’s competitiveness.
Former Oak Ridge City Council member