I am running for Board of Finance to help Weston balance the need for good schools and town services with reasonable taxes. Weston cannot continue to increase school and town spending given the decline in our property values and the most recent nearly 7% average increase in property taxes.
We can and must curb taxes and maintain the quality of our schools and town services while holding the line on spending going forward. We just need to spend smarter. If we do not hold the line on spending Weston will drive out retirees and middle income families and fail to attract new families to our town.
The major issue for the next year is town and, especially, school spending. If the Board of Finance again supports a budget that increases town and school spending we will have failed all of our constituents. My goal is to unify the Board of Finance in pushing for manageable cuts in school and town spending.
I have long loved living in Weston for its bucolic environment and friendly small town culture. That is why the Board of Finance is important to all of us. I am hopeful that my 30 years of experience as a banker, bond advisor and private wealth advisor will qualify me for this role.
Prior to working I graduated from Wesleyan University and NYU (MBA) and lived in Indonesia, Singapore and Australia. I raised all four of my children in Weston and they graduated from Weston High School. And I have been an active volunteer at St. Francis Parish, coaching Weston Youth Sports, and the Memorial Day Road Race. I also serve actively on the board of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association.