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B'ville: Trustee candidate Tupper

Howard Tupper

Village Party

Baldwinsville resident since 1941

Political experience:

Trustee since 1995

Village representative for Canton Woods Senior Center for four years

Member of the department of public works, labor relations and tree committees, NW Human Services and inter-municipal consortium

Community involvement:

American Legion, Beauchamp Historical Club, McHarries Legacy and CNY Waterways association

Military experience:

Honorable discharge, US Army as a Spec/5 during the Vietnam era.

How do you envision Baldwinsville's future?

Let's be realistic. We have built a tremendous momentum for economic development in the past decade through careful planning and direct village action. None of this happened by itself. I'm a capitalist, not a utopian, so I believe private investment is the key to long term future success. We have a couple of very important specific projects to resolve -- Harrington Firehouse and the DPW facility on Lock Street. We should be open to the creativity of the private sector. The public interest will be taken care of by planning board oversight using bold new tools such as overlay districts and other zoning regulations, as well as the EDR consultant's report as a guide. It is a dynamic, evolutionary process that builds on itself, and any changes in our form of government should only enhance those capabilities.

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

Consolidation is only one of the means that should be looked at to save taxes. It is not an end in itself. An easy target for consolidation would be the parks and recreation departments, since the village does not have a recreation staff, but our residents pay for town departments through whole-town taxes. A combined department would have a lot more real estate and a smaller administration.

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