A Look Back – Candidate Aldo DiCarlo on Spending and Debt

From a reader in 2014:

Question 8. How will you curtail spending and pay down the debt? Would you eliminate jobs? Would you reduce each department’s budget?

2014 then-candidate Aldo DiCarlo

This is a difficult question to answer as an ‘outsider’. There is no doubt that the Town Hall structure and spending needs to be analyzed. What I can say is that I would not be opposed to any difficult decisions that need to be made to move the Town in a positive financial direction. That said, some debt is necessary or beneficial. An example is the Libro Centre. There is often talk about the operating deficit. There should always be investigation to see if there is a way to operate with a balanced budget or a surplus. Some debt needs to be ‘owned’ however. I believe the Libro Centre provides numerous services and facilities for everyone, young and old, and if taxes are required to maintain such a positive service for the Town, we should pay that. Any time I was at the Libro Centre, it was always bustling with people using the facilities. If you compare costs, I believe we are currently paying for the Libro Centre what we were paying to keep up the old arena. When you compare the two, how can you argue it isn’t money well spent? An overall review needs to be done to determine efficiencies and deficiencies, and fees required.

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