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B'ville: Trustee candidate Cronk

Don Cronk

Citizen's Party

Baldwinsville resident since 1996

Community involvement:

Member and trustee of Christ Community Methodist Church

Member of Rushford Lake Conservation Club, Jefferson Canadian Club and Real Estate Investors of CNY

How do you envision Baldwinsville's future?

I see Baldwinsville as a place where our children will choose to live someday. A village with beautiful walking trails, which meander along a developed waterfront with green spaces, homes and businesses. Our downtown is pedestrian friendly with restaurants, shops and year around attractions. A village with regional appeal and whose residents are proud to say they live in Baldwinsville.

Increasing property taxes and the current effort to consolidate seem to be two issues at the head front. What is your take on these issues?

In my personal life I'm fiscally conservative. I constantly look for ways to spend less and save more. I will bring this same philosophy to the village board in an attempt to curb spending, maintain zero debt and identify changes resulting in a more efficient government. As a real estate investor in Onondaga County, I'm very sensitive to our current property tax rates and assessments. I hope to have an opportunity to reduce the burden imposed on our village tax payers.

In regards to consolidation:

I intend to keep an open mind regarding consolidation. As a representative of the village taxpayers, I'll make fiscally responsible decisions that balance efficiency and public services. I will use public input, good judgment and common sense to offer up the best long term options for our village. At that point, I feel the voters should decide what happens next.

In your opinion, what other issues are facing Baldwinsville? How do you intend to tackle these issues?

I am particularly interested in changing the current garbage pick up arrangement in the village. The current system is inefficient, resulting in higher rates for villagers. I'm studying other village and town programs in an attempt to outline a new plan for our homeowners. The plan will include an opt-out clause for those not interested in participating in the program.

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