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Three candidates vie for Lysander supervisor seat

— Lysander residents will have three candidates to choose from when selecting a Town of Lysander Supervisor.

Incumbent Barry Bullis and challengers John Salisbury and Kevin Rode will be on the ballot at voting locations throughout the town on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8. After narrowly losing the Republican Primary nomination, Fred Burtch was running a write in campaign for the supervisor position, but has withdrawn his name from consideration as of last Friday.

The Baldwinsville Messenger recently interviewed the candidates to get an idea of what each candidate represents. Their answers are featured below (in alphabetical order):

Barry Bullis

Republican/Independence parties

What makes you qualified to serve as Lysander Supervisor?

I have the experience and institutional knowledge to lead Lysander forward during these difficult economic times. A full-time supervisor is needed to administer day-to-day affairs and oversee the operation and maintenance of the town’s 110 sewer, water, drainage and street lighting districts. My background in utility construction and in-depth knowledge of these special districts saves tens of thousands of dollars annually in professional fees. I have guided the adoption of town budgets for 15 years and can proudly say that this year’s tax rate is much lower than the rate was when I first took office.

In your opinion, what is the number one issue facing town residents?

In a single word: taxes.

What is your plan to resolve this issue?

The challenge of town government is to maintain the services and programs that residents expect, while keeping taxes low. Our current town tax rate of $1.32 per $1,000 of assessed value is the lowest of the 19 towns in Onondaga County. While some costs beyond town control rise annually, our infrastructure needs cannot be ignored. The plan for the future is to keep taxes low and minimize the impact of rising costs by continuing to promote organized growth and expansion of our residential tax base, retain and expand our industrial tax base and to persist in finding ways to reduce spending through sharing and/or consolidation of services, departments and staff. This program was started a number of years ago and continues with our current spending plan. We must also continue our successful practice of procuring outside sources of funding for needed capital projects. Even though it is more difficult to acquire grants, it is possible with research and persistence.

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