BEDFORD, N.Y. -- Democratic candidates in Bedford are promising to keep the town’s budget under the state-imposed tax levy limit while maintaining or increasing services, said Town Supervisor Chris Burdick, who is running for re-election.
Burdick said he was speaking for himself and the other members of his slate: David Gabrielson, deputy supervisor and Town Board member, who is also seeking re-election; and MaryAnn Carr, who is running for a spot on the Town Board.
“We are taking a firm position that, if elected, we will stay under the tax cap,” Burdick said.
“This pledge is important as we enter into budget discussions,” said Gabrielson.
Gabrielson said that he was confident that this could be accomplished “while still delivering a high level of services to the community.”
“Since Chris Burdick and I have been elected to the Town Board, tax increases have been cut substantially,” he added.
Carr, referring to her “business experience as a consultant working with Fortune 500 Companies,” said she knows how “run operations efficiently and cost-effectively.”
“I am keen on saving taxpayer dollars and holding down taxes,” Carr added.
Burdick, who became supervisor last January, said that services have increased during his tenure.
He pointed to an increases in the paving budget, capital improvements in the parks, and online services for residents and businesses.
Burdick said the town also plans to renovate the police station, upgrade the Adams Street highway facility, and build a new recycling center on Railroad Avenue -- all with a lower capital spending plan than previously.
“We’ll stay within the cap and we’ll deliver good services to the community,” Burdick said.
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