Carrie McFall Weaver
Baldwinsville resident: lifetime
Girl scout leader for two years; volunteer at the Baldwinsville Visitor's Center; member of McHarries Legacy; principal organizer of 'Where's the Lake' campaign challenging unfair property tax increases in Lysander.
How do you envision Baldwinsville's future?
I envision Baldwinsville as being a pedestrian friendly riverfront community, promoting cultural experiences with a strong central business district. I see Baldwinsville as a community where residents are committed to supporting local businesses. I see young people returning to Baldwinsville to live, much as I did, because of the pride we have in our community and school system. I believe we have the power to be the community of choice in Central New York.
Increasing property taxes and the current effort to consolidate seem to be two issues at the forefront. What is your take on these issues?
There appears to be instances when overlaps in services are prevalent within the three municipalities. We need to determine if consolidation or elimination of services will save the taxpayer enough money to warrant the change. We must be cautious when approaching the topic of consolidation. Village residents need to be aware of how their tax dollars are being spent and departments need to be held accountable for their budgets. Consolidation of services does warrant further study. With rising property taxes and tax assessments that seem extreme, as a village board we must find where the system is failing. Residents need to be made aware of the avenues available to challenge excessive property taxes.
In you opinion what other issues are facing Baldwinsville? How do you intend to tackle these issues?
Baldwinsville's waterfront is a tremendous asset to our community. Sensible and planned development of vital waterfront properties must be addressed to attract residents, business owners and boaters making Baldwinsville a destination. I feel passionately that locals should support downtown businesses. Utilizing recommendations from the EDR study could ensure that development is done preserving Baldwinsville's rich history and historical integrity.