I cannot stand by and allow Purcellville Mayor Bob Lazaro to disparage the good reputation of yet another resident of this town. Call it silly and old fashioned, but I expect elected officials to actually uphold the Purcellville Standards of Conduct and Code of Ethics.
I attended the April 9th town council meeting, which was a public hearing for the proposed budget. I spoke about my concerns, and a few other residents came forward to speak about their concerns regarding spending, borrowing, and the proposed tax increase.
One of the residents who spoke is very well known for his strong fiscal conservative principles. This resident suggested that there were areas that could be cut from the budget for savings of roughly $650,000. He also disagreed with the 17 percent tax increase from the new Fireman’s Field tax district, and he asked why the town needed to hire its own detective when the Sheriff’s Department provides this valuable resource to our community when it is needed. Besides, just how often does Purcellville experience crimes that require a full time detective?
Near the end of the meeting, the mayor accused some residents of having made negative statements about the police chief and Purcellville Police Department, and said they had suggested that the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department take over law enforcement in Purcellville. Those accusations are completely untrue and outrageous. The absolute truth is that not one person that spoke said a single negative word about Chief Smith or the Police Department. That is completely made up.
There are enormous consequences when you express dissent of any kind against the policies, lack of transparency, or budget of the Town of Purcellville.
So, I salute the brave residents and business owners that stand up and speak out in Purcellville. Unfortunately it has become too obvious that Mayor Lazaro has a problem with the free speech provisions of our Constitution. It is sad and shocking that there are those that still provide support and cover for such bad behavior.
– Kelli Grim, Purcellville