In Boothbay, public discussions regarding the TIF and municipal bond referendum questions have generally been divided. But to the consternation of some local residents, the Town of Boothbay’s Facebook page has been a stronghold of single-mindedness.
Other than Selectman Chuck Cunningham’s letter to editor of the Boothbay Register, which was posted on the town’s Facebook page at his request, only opinions that support questions 2 and 3 have been posted or shared on the page by Town Manager Jim Chaousis.
When Cunningham’s letter in opposition was posted on October 31, Laurie Knowlton commented in support of a no vote, and then to her surprise found her comments disappeared.
“I was censored and blocked,” Knowlton said. ”Jim (Chaousis) deleted the comments I made in support of a no vote. Everything on the town’s Facebook page is pro, pro, pro.”
Chaousis said he and the selectmen have discussed whether the town’s Facebook page should represent all positions or the town’s position.
“This is uncharted territory for us. For right now, the town’s Facebook page will represent the town’s position,” Chaousis said, “But we have scheduled a discussion for the next selectmen’s meeting about developing a Facebook policy.”
The next Boothbay selectmen’s meeting is scheduled for November 13 at 7 p.m. at the town office.