February 09, 2011 | 10:35 AMThe question to the three candidates in the town of Linn chairman primary race: "What do you hope to accomplish in the next two years as town chairman, if elected?"
Here are the answers from incumbent Chairman Jim Weiss and challengers Allan Polyock and Steve Mack. They had a 200-word limit.
Weiss: Due to our economy still having challenges that will continue for the foreseeable future, continued fiscal responsibility is paramount to maintain the strong financial position our town has attained while I have been a supervisor and chairman. The board will need to review the long- term plan of the town to determine if any adjustments can be made to postpone any large expenditure while still providing our employees with the proper equipment to accomplish their jobs to protect and serve the residents of the town of Linn. This innitiave should include the Police, Highway and Fire departments. As previously stated, should assessed valuations of real estate continue to decline, the town may have to determine how to do more with less to avoid increasing the tax rate to our residents. This will only be possible through cuts and concessions in all departments. Over these next two years, as mandated by law, our Comprehensive Plan will need to be reviewed and amended where applicable. This will be a major undertaking both financially and in terms of time commitment. I will continue to build strong relationships with our neighboring communities and attempt to continue discussions on border agreements as well as shared services. No one knows what the future holds for us economically; my commitment to the town of Linn is to maintain strong, fiscally responsible, realistic government to our residents.
Polyock: One of the most important things I wish to accomplish is to get border agreements in place with our neighboring municipalities. Six months would be the time frame with which to get this done. There has been talk of this since 1999. Meanwhile, the town of Linn has lost over 700 acres to the city of Lake Geneva. Fontana has inched in on our western border. If our rural heritage is to be maintained, we have to protect our borders. Along with that is the important matter of maintaining our tax base. The less base we have, the more each (sic) must pay. I look forward to meeting with our neighbors, that we may find some common ground. Maintaining our ability to provide needed public services at a reasonable cost is a high priority. The town has been doing a good job of this, but we should always be searching for ways to do it better. It's important to maintain our roads, buildings and equipment. Keeping knowledgeable people on our committees will help achieve that goal.
Mack: 1. Bring accountability back to each department and supervisor. 2. Continue to build upon the relationships with our neighbors. 3. To ensure all services provided by the town of Linn operate in the most effective and efficient manner possible.
See the print version of the Regional News for more from these candidates.