Our Constitution allows for separation of powers between the branches so that we do not have a dictatorship in Washington. The voters in Ayer have emphatically told the Board of Selectmen that they want separation of powers to remain. They should not take on additional responsibility and try to control what they were not elected to control — the office of tax collector.
Other towns that do not have voter strength will fall victim to their selectmen wanting control, but not Ayer.
At the recent Town Meeting, the people told the board they did not want their overwhelming choice for tax collector removed and the office controlled by the board. They even tried to bring it up at the continuation meeting the following night and again failed. I certainly hope they have learned their lesson to leave what we, the voters of Ayer, want to control our tax dollars.