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To the editor,
When I first ran for election, my platform was communication between the town, schools, boards and commissions; to attract business to Northborough to help offset our tax base by developing a smart future plan; being fiscally responsible and making sure our town government is transparent.
During my three terms as selectman, the communication between the board, the school superintendent and the Northborough K-8 and Northborough-Southborough Regional School Committees has transformed into a positive working atmosphere in a relationship of trust where we work together as a team to find solutions to difficult problems compounded by these tough economic times.
In the last few years, we have created a business friendly community by streamlining the application process, which has made it easier for new business and growth to come to Northborough; i.e. Avalon Bay, A. Dui Pyle Trucking, Genzyme Corporation, Northborough Crossing, National Grid and the newest FedEx Distribution Center.
The Board of Selectmen has worked tirelessly at being fiscally responsible. Through our hard work and the help of our town administrator and town staff, we were able to rework our town employee and retiree health insurance programs and save $400,000 in taxpayer money. We have increased growth and, in turn, increased revenues. In Fiscal Year 2011, the average tax bill decreased $20.00; in Fiscal Year 2012, it increased $143.00. The projected increase for Fiscal Year 2013 is $193, which is just an estimate and subject to change. Many of our surrounding communities have experienced much higher increases.
I believe the Board of Selectmen and how it does business has become very transparent. Our decisions and policies are thoroughly researched and discussed; and, ultimately, I feel we make the right choices for our community as a whole. Our budget has won the Distinguished Budget Award two years in a row by meeting the stringent program criteria of the Government Finance Officers Association as a policy document, an operations guide, a financial plan and a communications device. This budget document (available on the town website) has further enhanced the transparency of our local government.
When I first ran for Selectman, I promised to work hard as your representative on the Board and to direct our community in the right direction. I feel I have kept and continue to keep that promise and would like to continue to serve you and our community as your Selectman. I ask for your support on Monday, May 14, 2012.
-William Pantazis, Candidate for re-election, Northborough Board of Selectmen.