MILTON–An audience of about 40 to 50 people attended a candidate forum at the Milton Community Center last night.
Hosted by the League of Women Voters of Saratoga County, candidates for town justice, town board and town supervisor were invited to make opening statements, answer vetted audience questions and closing statements to the attendees.
Only one candidate, Frank Blaisdell, running for a town board seat could not attend.
The entire event is in four segments below, divided by sections and run times for ease of reader navigation.
VIDEO 1 of 4:
Town Justice candidate Timothy Brown (5:08 – 8:21)
Town Justice candidate Mark Juda (8:32 – 10:29)
Town Board candidates far left to far right Sergia Coffey, John Frolish and Meg Stevens respond to questions
- Opening statements (13:04 – 17:30)
- How will you foster good working relationships amongst elected officials in town government (18:12 – 20:50
- The majority of the Village of Ballston Spa is located within the Town of Milton. If elected, how will you ensure that the town and village government will work together for the benefit of all residents? (20:55-23:58)
- What specific experiences do you have regarding budgeting and managing public funds? And would you propose cutting any services to balance the 2018 budget and which ones? (24:04-28:13)
- What is your plan for the Boyhaven property given it will not cost the town any additional funds? (28:27 – 31:04)
- Do you feel each councilperson should be on a committee and make a report at every town meeting and are you in favor of voice or video recording in Town Board meetings?
VIDEO 2 of 4:
- CONTINUED Do you feel each councilperson should be on a committee and make a report at every town meeting and are you in favor of voice or video recording in Town Board meetings?
- What is your plan for economic development? (2:12 – 6:09)
- What is your opinon on having more senior citizen housing, 55+ communities? (6:15 – 10:21)
- Will leaf pickup continue through this year and beyond? (10:30 – 13:48)
- Are you in favor of the proposed Hutchins Road project, if so, why do you favor the zoning changes needed to allow that project? And also, what enticements to developers (like payments in lieu of taxes) would you allow? (14:09 – 18:20)
- Given the mismanagement of Town finances and the resulting proposal to double the tax rate, how do you plan to keep taxes under the 2% tax cap? (18:23 – 24:45)
- Do we need oversight to control in house spending seeing that we have spent over $1 million dollars in 2016 and 2017? (25:04 – 29:12)
- Closing statements (29:32 – 31:42)
VIDEO 3 of 4:
Supervisor candidates. NOTE: Audio missing until 11:56 marker and there are audio weaknesses during video. Apologies for the technical gaps.
- The Town of Milton budget process has not been very accurate or efficient. Would you be acceptable to zero-based budget and is there or is there not a $411,000 deficit? (13:59 – 16:46)
- What is your plan for the Boyhaven property given that it will not cost the town any additional dollars? (16:53 – 18:51)
- Do you feel each councilperson should belong on a committee and make a report to the town board? (18:58 – 21:18)
- What is your plan for economic development? (21:26 – 23:26)
- Are you for the project [91 Hutchins Rd.] and if so, how would the town benefit from that project? (23:40 – 25:04)
- The majority of the Village of Ballston Spa is located within the Town of Milton. If elected, how will you ensure that the town and village government will work together for the benefit of all residents? (25:28 – 26:52)
- Are you in favor of voice or video recording of town board meetings? And what is your opinion of the current communication in the departments and your plan to foster good communication? (27:10 – 30:29)
- What experiences do you have as far as budgeting and managing public funds? (29:32 – 31:34)
- Closing statements (32:40 – 33:25)
VIDEO 4 of 4:
Supervisor candidates, closing statements continued (total run time 1m:43sec)