Spending For Spending's Sake

Picked this one up at breakfast the other morning:

Henniker just lost its highway garage and everything in it to an electrical fire caused by a piece of stored equipment. Now they want to replace the whole operation with whatever replacement money they can pry from the hands of the insurance company. See Hopkinton’s fire for how well that goes.

The fire was a total loss, and in municipal spending terms, that is sometimes a good thing as in all of a sudden there is a plan to move the highway garage to a new location. Of course this new location has several expensive drawbacks but does show there was probably a desire to move there before the fire.

Then the pile-on spending at the Henniker Town Meeting last week begins. The bought a brand new fire truck for one half a million dollars which they will put in the rather new one million dollar fire house they built for a volunteer department.

The new truck passed with two votes!

Funny thing is, the truck they are replacing didn’t make it to the big Highway Dept fire. It never left the building.

This reminds me of people who feel bad going shopping to brighten their mood.

Oh well, it is Henniker.