Sunday, February 14, 2010

Mayor Zimmer: The Comprehensive Interview pt. 3

This portion of the interview continues with yet more on taxes and a question on suspending the Open Space portion, accounting treatment for the critical area of the $4.2MM pension problem inherited from the error with the State under the Roberts Administration and also limited highlights on the plan for the Municipal Garage.

The next big area is the question of the fiscal state monitor's plan for the Police Department announced last spring.  MSV then asks about the reval, one of the biggest issues among existing homeowners in town.  Town Hall meetings and a quarterly timeline is mentioned with the mayor's view on following through on that promise.

The big item ahead, the process for finalizing union agreements and the role elected officials should play in this process is highlighted along with a question on what happens if the fiscal state monitor moves ahead independently on its approval.

Mayor Zimmer: The Comprehensive Interview pt. 2

In part two of Thursday's interview, the first question (after the phone interruption) concerns the cost and strategy to deal with Sinatra Park and its current $11 million dollar price tag.  Grant applications and the full process of that is discussed here as well.  (Talking Ed Note: Mayor Zimmer noted in a twitter grant applications completed via Congressman Sires office.)

The next question revolves on how to get ahead of the curve with the fiscal year 2011 budget, beginning July 1.  The mayor discusses the tools necessary for analyzing the town's cost and the process for identifying a Business Administrator.

Flooding and the issues that arose around it during the mayoral the campaign are highlighted and the questions around the best strategy; the largest area of real disagreement in the run for office.

MSV then asks the mayor where she stands on taxes and specifically the disagreement stated in the Budget Workshop between Councilman Ravi Bhalla and Councilman Mike Lenz along with the "moral obligation" to the taxpayers for tax relief.