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Mayor swap in Oneida

Hedglon, Matzke talk about the election and what's to come

With a tally of total votes for the office of Oneida City mayor almost identical to those of 2007, the residents that voted in Oneida have spoken. Although Democrat Leo Matzke was beaten in 2007 by current Oneida City Mayor Peter Hedglon, he was re-elected into office once again Nov. 3.

Matzke received 1,681 votes earning 62.05 percent of the vote while Hedglon claimed 37.95 percent of the vote with 1,028 votes. In 2007, there were a total of 2,776 votes tallied compared to the 2,709 during the 2009 election.

The mayoral race, one of the most "talked about," because of this rematch. The second meeting of the candidates presented a similar decision that was faced two years ago. According to Matzke, his win in 2009 was "evident of what was going wrong in the last two years."

"I think people felt discouraged instead of empowered," Matzke said of Hedglon's administration. "They had to take that all into consideration."

The mayor-elect said the absence of "capital projects" in Oneida, with the exception of the judicial center, may have been an issue.

While Hedglon and the current common council will begin finalizing the city's 2010 budget during the next few weeks, Matzke said he envisions "some budget amendments" when he takes office.

Matzke said the budget Hedglon has proposed is "like one he has never seen before," because there are few services being included that the community needs.

However, Hedglon said he specifically designed the budget this way because of the financial troubles the city is enduring. "People will have to decide what they are willing to pay for," Hedglon said in a past interview with the Madison County Eagle.

Hedglon said he would be interested to see how his opponent will successfully amend the budget without raising taxes immensely.

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